Cingular Wireless Helps Clean Up the Environment
Boston, MA— In an effort to help the environment,
Cingular Wireless launched the Cingular Phone Recycle Program, part of
its national campaign to support Special Olympics. Cingular has already
collected $28 million for Special Olympics nationally, with more than
$2 million raised locally in Massachusetts.
Wireless phones are typically replaced within 18 months
of being purchased. However, these handsets can be recycled or refurbished
and put to further use in a number of important ways. Through Cingular's
ongoing phone recycling and refurbishment programs, the company processes
2-3 million phones a year and that number is expected to rise with the
addition of this year's program.
To support this year's promotion, Cingular will place
more than 6,000 collection bins in Cingular retail stores, 124 Simon Malls
and Special Olympics programs across the country. For every wireless phone
received for recycling, Cingular will donate $5 to Special Olympics. This
year's promotion will run through May 31.
Proceeds raised will support Special Olympics Team USA
athletes competing at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in
Dublin, Ireland. A delegation of more that 1,300 athletes and coaches
from the United States will participate in this event, including 16 athletes
and five coaches from Massachusetts. The games will be held June 21-29.
In addition, the Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer
Games will take place June 13-15 on the campuses of Harvard, Boston University
and MIT. Special Olympians will compete in such sports as athletics, golf
"We are thrilled to be working with Cingular again
this year to help raise awareness and funds for our athletes and our organization,"
said Robert Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Special
Olympics Massachusetts. "We truly appreciate the support, partnership
and commitment Cingular has made to Special Olympics throughout the last
three years, and we are looking forward to another great year."