Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program, which collects used wireless phones for recycling and reuse, recovered over 1.13 million phones in 2008, a 6 percent increase from 2007. HopeLine puts wireless phones and equipment no longer in use to work benefiting victims of domestic violence. Since its launch in 2001, the program has collected more than 5.6 million phones for recycling and reuse.
Donated cell phones were collected throughout the year at Verizon Wireless locations, sporting events, concerts and corporate phone drives across the country. Funds from the recycling program benefit domestic violence prevention and awareness programs nationwide. Sales of the refurbished phones awarded more than $1.5 million in cash grants to over 350 domestic violence agencies nationwide. More than $6.3 million has been awarded to domestic violence organizations since 2001.
Since the launch of the program, more than 200 tons of electronic waste and batteries have been diverted from landfills. That includes the proper disposal of more than one million phones, as well as the recycling of more than 170,000 pounds of batteries. If landfilled, cell phones can contaminate soil and groundwater with arsenic, zinc and lead leachate.
In 2008, the HopeLine program also provided nearly 21,000 wireless phones to domestic violence agencies around the country, for use by their clients. Verizon Wireless also provided 63 million minutes of service with the phones.