During the week of April 6 through April 12, 2009, Americans can participate in this national event by donating or recycling their unwanted cell phones, PDAs and their accessories.
To kick-off National Cell Phone Recycling Week and build momentum for Earth Day 2009, program partners across the country are rolling out a series of in-store promotions, contests and giveaways while providing in-store and online recycling opportunities to assist consumers in the "eCycling" process. Plug-In partners supporting this nationwide effort through special promotions include AT&T, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.
EPA is targeting cell phone recycling because only ten percent of cell phones are recycled each year, and most people do not know where to recycle them. Recycling cell phones results in significant environmental savings and can also benefit communities.
Cell phones and accessories are made from valuable materials such as precious metals, copper, and plastics - all of which require energy to extract and manufacture. Recycling cell phones reduces greenhouse gas emissions and conserves natural resources.
Verizon Wireless has set up HopeLine program to help customers recycle their old cell phones. Through HopeLine?s recycling efforts, more than 1 million no-longer-used wireless phones have been disposed of properly; more than 170,000 pounds of batteries have been recycled; and more than 200 tons of electronics waste and batteries have been kept out of landfills. Verizon customers can find out how they can recycle their phones at: www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline To download a postage-paid label, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopelinemailinglabel
To help raise awareness about the EPA?s Plug-In To eCycling National Cell Phone Recycling Week, Samsung Mobile will distribute 35,000 mobile phone recycling envelopes to NASCAR fans who attend the 2009 Samsung 500, April 3 through April 5. From April 6 through April 12, Samsung Mobile will distribute and provide a collection site for mobile phone recycling bags at its experiential product showcase, The Samsung Experience, located on the third floor of the Time Warner Center in New York City. Samsung Mobile will also participate in Earth Day events with DFW International Airport to continue to drive awareness about the Plug-In To eCycling program.
Sprint wireless recycling programs have diverted more than 16 million cell phones from landfills for reuse or recycling. Sprint?s collection rate is just under 35 percent, over three times the national recycling average.
A member of EPA?s Plug-In program since 2007, Sprint has established a ?Zer0 e-Waste? policy to ensure that phones are recycled safely, ethically and responsibly. To encourage consumer awareness and participation, Sprint offers two free and easy programs: Sprint Buyback and Sprint Project Connect.
* Sprint Buyback allows Sprint customers to return eligible Sprint or Nextel devices in exchange for account credit. Customers can participate in the Sprint Buyback program by going to www.sprint.com/recycle, calling toll-free (866) 364-5680 or going to any of the more than 1,200 Sprint-owned retail stores nationwide.
* Sprint Project Connect accepts all wireless phones, batteries, accessories and data cards, regardless of carrier or condition. Free postage-paid envelopes are available at any Sprint-owned retail store and come in the box with most new phones sold by Sprint. Free postage-paid mailing labels are also available at www.sprint.com/recycle. All net proceeds generated from the wireless equipment collected by Sprint Project Connect help keep kids safer online through Sprint?s 4NetSafetySM program. Charitable partners include the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the NEA Health Information Network.
The Samsung Mobile Take-Back Program is a part of Samsung Recycling Direct, Samsung Electronics America, Inc.?s commitment to convenient and responsible recycling. The Samsung Mobile?s Take-Back Program recycles end-of-life mobile devices for free by processing them to be reused as resources for manufacturers. The Take-Back Program is leading the effort to create a recycle-based society by distributing 100 percent recyclable mobile recycling envelopes made out of high density polyethylene. These recycling bags provide consumers access to pre-paid postage labels to mail in phones to be recycled, and make great contributions toward preserving the environment.