PORTLAND, ME — According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States recycles only 28% of its waste. Last year, Verizon Wireless collected nearly 3,400 no-longer used phones through its HopeLine® program in Maine. This year, Verizon Wireless again makes it simple for people across the environmentally-conscious Pine Tree State to increase the number of phones collected and do their part to protect the Earth's resources.
"We are proud to give consumers an easy way to recycle their no-longer-used wireless devices this Earth Day," said Bob Stott, New England Region president, Verizon Wireless. "Preserving the Earth's resources is an important initiative and one that extends to all of us as individuals. Rather than throwing wireless phones away or letting them collect dust, consumers can donate them to HopeLine and help protect the environment."
Wireless Phone RecyclingHopeLine makes it easy for Maine residents to recycle on Earth Day -- and every day of the year. HopeLine regularly holds phone collection drives at sporting events, concerts and store openings. Consumers can check their local community calendars to find upcoming HopeLine events in Maine, or can even arrange phone recycling drives in their own town, school, church or office.
Wireless customers can also drop-off old wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider at more than 70 regional Verizon Wireless Communications Stores based throughout New England.
Wireless phones collected through HopeLine at Verizon Wireless Communication Stores across the country are recycled or refurbished, with proceeds benefiting local victims of domestic violence and local non-profit advocacy agencies, including the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, the statewide coalition, listing more than 15 support agencies as members.
Since the HopeLine phone recycling efforts began in 2001, consumers across the U.S. have donated nearly three million phones to HopeLine and more than 600,000 phones have been recycled.
Battery Recycling ProgramsIn addition to wireless phones, Verizon Wireless also collects spent rechargeable batteries for recycling. The Verizon Wireless Cell Phone Battery Recycling program is an easy way for customers to join with Verizon Wireless to help conserve the earth's natural resources and prevent spent batteries from entering landfills. In 2005 alone, nearly 150,000 pounds of batteries were recycled through the national HopeLine and Charge Up to Recycle programs, almost double the amount recycled in 2004.
For more information on Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program or for instructions on donating wireless phones or rechargeable batteries, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.####