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Get Caught Green Handed

by Employee ‎11-15-2010 10:09 AM - edited ‎11-15-2010 10:11 AM

images.jpgI recycle. Do you?

 

That is this year’s slogan for America Recycles Day.  Since 1997, November 15th has been the day that communities and businesses across the country come together to celebrate recycling, raise awareness and pledge to increase their recycling habits at home, at work and on the go.  At Verizon, we are working to do our part everyday.

 

Last year alone Verizon recycled more than 22 thousand tons of paper and cardboard, over 37 thousand tons of telecommunications equipment and 182 tons of cell phone batteries.  

 

Through Verizon’s recycling and waste prevention programs, we have reduced our CO2 emissions on average by 475 million pounds annually.  That reduction is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of over 41 thousand vehicles or the annual CO2 emissions for the electricity use of more than 26 thousand homes.

 

Since 2001, Verizon has also collected and recycled cell phones through our HopeLine program, keeping the devices out of landfills and turning them into support for domestic violence survivors. HopeLine has collected more than 7 million phones and kept more than 200 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfill.  In each of our retail stores, you can find a bin to recycle your old phone, no matter what mobile carrier you use.

We continue to look for new opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle.

 

This year we held more than 20 events across the country for employees and local communities and collected over 167 thousand pounds of electronics and office materials to be recycled. 

 

Verizon has launched a few cool initiatives over the last year from upcycling our used billboards into tote bags to incorporating post-consumer recycled plastic into our phones like the Samsung Intensity II and the Motorola Citrus

 

If you are recycling on the go and have an Android phone, be sure to check out the application “My Recycle List,” a helpful tool when you are trying to figure out what to do with those hard to recycle items.  This application enables you to enter you zip code and the item you want to recycle and it will locate the closest recycling center for that item.

 

So in honor of America Recycles Day, get caught green handed today, but don’t forget about the other 364 days a year either.

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