2009-05-01 / Top Stories

Verizon HopeLine Wants Your Old Phone

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer (D-Queens) wants New Yorkers to know that Verizon Wireless's Hope- Line Program is available to collect used cell phones for refurbishing or proper disposal.

"This is a wonderful program that not only helps our environment, but also makes a difference for domestic violence victims," said Pheffer. "I hope that everyone will consider donating their no-longer used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless service provider to HopeLine to help this important initiative."

The HopeLine program, started by Verizon Wireless in 1995, collects used cell phones for refurbishing or proper disposal, and in turn, donates the proceeds from the sale of the refurbished phones to organizations and shelters that aid victims of domestic violence. Since 2001, the program has collected more than 5.6 million phones and distributed more than $6 million to shelters and organizations that focus on the needs of victims of domestic violence. The HopeLine Program enables employees and customers to help preserve the Earth's resources and support victims of domestic violence by recycling their old wireless phones, batteries and accessories.

Since launching a nationwide recycling program in October 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 5.6 million phones, properly disposed of about 1.4 million phones and refurbished about 4.2 million, kept more than 200 tons of electronic waste out of landfills.

In addition, through the sale of refurbished phones, more than $6 million in cash grants have been donated to local shelters and non-profit organizations nationwide that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

For those interested in the program, collection bins are located in Verizon Wireless Communications stores across the country. If you cannot stop by a store, you can print a postage-paid label at http://www.verizonwireless. com/hopelinemailinglabel from the Verizon Wireless Web site, adhere it to a box or envelope, and seal and send your phone.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recycling one million phones would save enough energy to power 185 U.S. households with electricity for one year.

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