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Give Back to the Planet on America Recycles Day by Recycling Old Cellphones Through Verizon Wireless' HopeLine

Recycling tips for America Recycles Day, November 15

Today is America Recycles Day, and there’s a simple and easy way
for all of us to pitch in and help the environment – by recycling old
cellphones.

Chances are you have an old BlackBerry or flip phone stowed in
your desk drawer.  Or you’ve been hanging on to a car charger which no longer
powers your new device.  Now is the perfect time to scour through your drawers and closets, and HopeLine is the perfect vehicle to help you recycle these no-longer-used wireless devices and accessories.

Started by Verizon Wireless over a decade ago, HopeLine has properly disposed of more than 1.72 million phones in an environmentally sound way and kept more than 210 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of community landfills.  HopeLine accepts no-longer-used phones and other wireless devices in any condition and from any manufacturer or service provider. 

The phones can be dropped off at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store or
put in the mail with a postage-paid label, and the company will dispose of
these devices in an environmentally sound way.

As part of the refurbishing process, HopeLine scrubs all donated phones
to ensure customer information is removed.  Verizon Wireless also
recommends that consumers scrub their wireless phones before donating their
devices to the HopeLine program.  Here are some easy tips on wiping a
phone:

  1. Ensure that the phone’s service and account has been terminated
    by contacting your wireless provider’s customer support department.
  2. Log out of all social networking sites, email accounts, wireless
    networks and applications, erasing all evidence of password information.
  3. Remove and store the device’s SIM/memory card in a safe place.
  4. Erase contacts from your address book, delete call logs, erase
    messages, and remove your stored photos, videos and other media.  This can be done  manually; in addition, check out your phone’s manual on the
    device’s website to find out how to reset the device back to its factory
    settings. 

Help conserve the earth's natural resources and prevent spent batteries and old cellphones from clogging up our landfills by recycling through HopeLine.



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