On Earth Day, Verizon Wireless Reaffirms Its Commitment to Recycling and the Environment

Apr 19, 2006, 01:00 ET from Verizon Wireless

    BEDMINSTER, N.J., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the
 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States recycles only 28%
 of its waste. On Earth Day 2006, Verizon Wireless encourages consumers to
 recycle their old wireless phones. Last year, in the weeks surrounding
 Earth Day, Verizon Wireless collected more than 100,000 no-longer-used
 phones through its national HopeLine(R) program. This year, Verizon
 Wireless again makes it simple for people in local communities to increase
 the number of phones collected and help consumers do their part to protect
 the Earth's resources.
     Wireless Phone Recycling
     HopeLine makes it easy to recycle on Earth Day -- and every day of the
 year. HopeLine regularly holds phone collection drives at sporting events,
 concerts and store openings in communities from coast to coast. Consumers
 can check their local community calendars to find upcoming HopeLine events
 in their areas.
     Wireless customers who want to recycle their phones, but do not have a
 scheduled phone drive in their area, can drop-off old wireless phones and
 accessories from any wireless service provider at their local Verizon
 Wireless Communications Store. A list of all Verizon Wireless
 Communications Stores can be found at http://www.verizonwireless.com.
     Wireless phones that are collected through HopeLine are recycled or
 refurbished, with proceeds benefiting victims of domestic violence and
 local non-profit advocacy agencies. Since the HopeLine phone recycling
 efforts began in 2001, consumers have donated nearly three million phones
 to HopeLine and more than 600,000 phones have been recycled.
     Battery Recycling Programs
     In addition to wireless phones, Verizon Wireless also collects spent
 rechargeable batteries for recycling. The Verizon Wireless Cell Phone
 Battery Recycling program is an easy way for customers to join with Verizon
 Wireless to help conserve the earth's natural resources and prevent spent
 batteries from entering community landfills. In 2005 alone, nearly 150,000
 pounds of batteries were recycled through the HopeLine and Charge Up to
 Recycle programs, almost double the amount recycled in 2004.
     Using Less Paper for Billing
     Verizon Wireless also encourages its customers to conserve resources
 through the company's streamlined and online billing options. Verizon
 Wireless offers consolidated billing across the country, resulting in about
 40 percent less paper used to produce customers' monthly billing
     Customers are still able to view itemized charges to their bills
 through My Account, which provides a single source for online customer
 service and account information and is ideal for environmentally conscious
 customers who prefer to access their account online. Customers can access
 My Account by visiting http://www.verizonwireless.com/myaccount, and
 entering an account number and password.
     Together, Verizon Wireless' streamlined and paperless billing help
 reduce the amount of paper used for customer bills by more than 800 million
 sheets per year, preserving more than 11,000 trees annually. In addition,
 these steps save more than 5.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity and
 more than 240,000 pounds of ink each year.
     For more information on Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program or for
 instructions on donating wireless phones or rechargeable batteries, visit
     About Verizon Wireless
     Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless
 network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in
 Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon
 Communications (NYSE:   VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more
 information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and
 request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of
 Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia
 Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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