Verizon Hosting Free E-Waste Recycling Rallies

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Electronic Waste Recycling

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Verizon is hosting a series of recycling rallies to help consumers dispose of common household electronics in a safe and environmentally-sound manner.

Verizon employees and members of the general public can bring laptop and desktop computers, stereo and audio equipment and other common household electronics to one of eight free recycling events to be held at Verizon facilities across the country.

Verizon locations hosting recycling rallies in 2013 will include Albuquerque, N.M., Wilmington, N.C., Charleston, S.C. and Ashburn, Va.

“E-Waste can be tricky, so we’re making it easy and convenient for our employees and people in many of the communities we serve to dispose of electronics in an environmentally friendly manner,” said James Gowen, Verizon’s chief sustainability officer, in a press release.

The Verizon recycling rallies operate with a zero-landfill goal. This means that the materials donated will be reused or recycle so they don’t end up in landfills.

Verizon says that similar events held in 2012 produced 531,000 pounds of electronic waste – roughly equivalent to the weight of 14 charter buses.

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“By opening up our recycling rallies to the public, Verizon was able to offset the equivalent of 828 tons of CO2 last year alone,” said Gowen.

The electronic recycling rallies are part of Verizon’s comprehensive sustainability strategy. The company also participates in the HopeLine recycling and reuse program, which keeps phones out of landfills by donating them to domestic violence survivors. Over nine million wireless phones have been collected through the program since 2001.

Customers from any wireless carrier can also participate in Verizon’s Trade-In Program, which allows consumers to trade in no-longer-used wireless devices and receive a Verizon Wireless gift card by mail.