'Tis The Season To Recycle Old Wireless Phones In Salt Lake City, Utah

DENVER, CO — This holiday season, many Salt Lake City residents rang in the holidays with new wireless phones, including the Verizon Wireless Juke by Samsung, the Venus™ by LG and the Voyager™, also by LG. Rather than throwing old phones into a drawer or into the trash, Verizon Wireless reminds Utah residents to donate their no-longer-used wireless phones to the company's HopeLine® phone recycling program to support victims of domestic violence.

HopeLine collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider at the company's Communications Stores across the country. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local Salt Lake City area shelters and other non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

Since HopeLine's national phone recycling and re-use program was launched in 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected more than four million phones and awarded more than $4 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country. HopeLine has also distributed more than 45,000 phones with more than 100 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims of domestic violence.

In the past three years, nearly $75,000 in HopeLine grants and more than 500 wireless phones have been awarded to agencies working to support victims in Utah.

Verizon Wireless has supported domestic violence education, prevention and awareness initiatives for 12 years, beginning with donated voicemail boxes to women and men living in shelters and growing to today's multi-faceted program.

For more information on Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program and on how to donate a wireless phone, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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