Help Keep California Beautiful - Recycle That Cell Phone!

Jun 27, 2006, 01:00 ET from Keep California Beautiful

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Keep California Beautiful
 (KCB) announces the launch of a state-wide partnership to heighten
 awareness of the importance of cell phone recycling and collect unwanted
 cell phones. CA Assemblyperson Fran Pavley, author of AB 2901, joins KCB
 and its partners at the state Capital on June 28 at 10am (Capitol Steps
 facing "N" Street, California State Capitol Building, Sacramento) to
 announce the campaign. AB 2901 is the nation's first state-wide mandatory
 cell phone recycling law targeting wireless retailers and goes into effect
 July 1, 2006, requiring cell phone retailers in California to establish a
 collection and recycling program.
     Californians are also restricted from throwing old cell phones into the
 trash. Since 2002, households and small businesses have been exempt from
 state's Universal Waste Rule, which applies to certain hazardous waste
 generated by a wide variety of people. This exemption expired on February
 8, 2006.
     Help Eliminate Wireless Waste
     There are over 500 million used cell phones in the U.S. sitting idle in
 desk drawers or in landfills, with another 130 million estimated to be
 added in 2006. Cell phones contain a large number of hazardous materials
 which can pollute air when incinerated and seep into drinking water when
 buried in landfills. These hazardous materials include arsenic, beryllium,
 cadmium, copper, lead and zinc.
     Recycle that Phone!
     In partnership with the CA Department of Toxic Control Substances' Take
 It Back campaign, Waste Management, Wireless Alliance and many others, KCB
 is beginning one of the largest coordinated cell phone collection campaigns
 in California to keep our communities safe from the harmful effects of
 improperly disposed cell phones. Visit and click on "Donate
 Your Cell Phone." All phones collected through KCB's program will be
 properly recycled at no cost to the donor, and in most cases postage is
 also provided. Wireless retailers and other businesses can also request
 postage-paid collection boxes to collect cell phones from employees and
     About Keep California Beautiful
     Keep California Beautiful (KCB) is a statewide non-profit environmental
 organization chartered by the state in 1990. KCB has a network of over 100
 cities and counties throughout the state dedicated to encouraging litter
 prevention and recycling through community based action projects. KCB
 promotes and supports cleanup and beautification efforts. For additional
 information, visit

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