May 2006


Verizon Wireless offers phone and battery recycling

Portland, ME— Verizon Wireless is making it simple for people in the United States to increase the number of phones collected and do their part to protect the Earth’s resources.

Wireless customers can drop-off old wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider at any Verizon Wireless Communications Stores based throughout the United States.

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.

Since the HopeLine phone recycling efforts began in 2001, consumers across the United States have donated nearly three million phones to HopeLine® and more than 600,000 phones have been recycled.

In addition to wireless phones, Verizon Wireless also collects spent rechargeable batteries for recycling. 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


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