NYC sanitation teams up with Verizon Wireless
Annual event to help support domestic violence survivors
Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced
that the New York City Department of Sanitation’s
Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling
is again teaming up with Verizon Wireless to collect
old cell phones at its annual Electronics Recycling
and Clothing Donation events this fall.
Similar collections, conducted in all five boroughs
this past spring, generated more than 1,100 pounds
of cell phones and accessories.
Phones collected at the recycling event will be
donated to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program,
which will refurbish, recycle or sell the phones
and donate the proceeds to domestic violence advocacy
groups in the form of cash grants and prepaid wireless
phones for victims. Phones that cannot be refurbished
are disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.
The City’s first 2008 Fall Electronics Recycling
and Clothing Donation Events was held September
7 in Brooklyn.
“HopeLine was created more than 10 years ago as
a means for Verizon Wireless to put its products
and services to work to help survivors of domestic
violence and help the environment at the same time,”
said Pat Devlin, president of Verizon Wireless’
New York Metro Region. “More than $5 million in
cash grants has been awarded to local shelters and
groups working to fight family violence across the
nation, and nearly 60,000 wireless phones with airtime
have helped survivors rebuild their lives.”
In addition to the City’s neighborhood recycling
events, HopeLine phone donations are accepted year-round
at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in
New York City and across the nation.