"Go Green" With Your Wireless Phone

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Tomorrow is America Recycles Day and Verizon Wireless encourages all wireless customers across the country to help make a difference by recycling their no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and equipment. Verizon Wireless was the first wireless service provider in the nation to collect and recycle old wireless phones and today offers the following tips on how to "go green" while saving money, the environment — and quite possibly, someone's life.

RECYCLE: Consumers and businesses can recycle their no-longer-used wireless phones through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program. HopeLine accepts wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any manufacturer or service provider. Simply drop off no-longer-used phones, batteries and accessories at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store and the company will dispose of them in an environmentally sound way. To date, HopeLine has:

  • Kept more than 200 tons of electronics waste and batteries out of landfills.

  • Collected nearly 4.4 million wireless phones.

  • Properly disposed of more than one million wireless phones.

REUSE: Phones collected through HopeLine are refurbished, resold and reused whenever possible. Proceeds from HopeLine are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants for domestic violence prevention and awareness programs and local shelters nationwide. Since 2001, Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program has donated:

  • More than $4 million in cash grants to shelters and non-profit organizations from coast to coast.

  • More than 45,000 phones with 100 million minutes of airtime and other features, valued at more than $13 million, to domestic violence prevention organizations.

REDUCE: When left plugged in, empty cellphone chargers consume standby or "phantom" energy — the same goes for all chargers. To help save energy and energy costs, consumers should plug all electronic chargers into a power strip and switch it off when the chargers are not in use. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates appliances and home electronics are responsible for about 20 percent of a typical home's energy bill — simply unplugging appliances, electronics and their chargers when not in use can save each household hundreds of dollars a year.

For store locations and additional information about HopeLine, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 63.7 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 68,000 employees nationwide. The company 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.