Keeping Phones Out Of Landfills

The Guinness Book of World Records has awarded a record to Sprint Telecommunications for recycling 103,582 cellular phones in a seven day day time period – nearly doubling the record held by AT&T from the previous year.

In the United States, Sprint was the first wireless provider to provide customers with a  buyback recycling program, offering instant credit for cell phone and similar devices sold through its retail stores. Sprint officials says the company prides itself on its green practices such as phone re-use and recycling and reducing the levels of electronics waste that is sent to landfills every year.

Sprint estimates that currently forty percent of their customers participate in the recycling-buyback offer. However, their corporate goal is ninety percent customer participation by the year 2017.

While the final number won’t be available for a few months, Spring anticipates it will recycle or reuse close to one hundred million pounds of e-waste in 2013 – waste materials that might otherwise have ended up in the trash.  The company also is making efforts to use more environmentally friendly packaging and has recently formed a partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the management of sustainable materials program.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Does your business keep track of records set? Chances are you award employees recognition for high sales or profits, but what about high levels of recycling and saving money in waste disposal costs? Waste diversion and recycling can help your company go “green” while saving green every month!