ORANGEBURG, NY — Verizon Wireless recently was recognized by the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority and the Rockland Business Association with a Rockland Recycles Award for its innovative HopeLine® wireless phone recycling program.
In selecting award recipients, the Solid Waste Authority and the Rockland Business Association evaluated individual businesses, educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations' efforts toward improving and protecting the county's environment.
As part of the WasteWise Awards program, awardees agree to share their "secrets to success" with other businesses through a mentoring program. "Basically, it is an 'each one, teach one' approach where corporations lead by example," said Authority chairman Christopher P. St. Lawrence.
"Each year thousands of Rockland residents and businesses support HopeLine by bringing no-longer-used wireless phones and batteries to Verizon Wireless Communications Stores to be refurbished and put to work to help survivors of domestic violence, "said Charles Hand, Verizon Wireless New York Metro Region president. "Their generosity has helped hundreds of local women and children escape threatening situations to find shelter and new lives free from violence."
Since 2003, the company has partnered with the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority to collect wireless phones at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. The program has become a model and has helped launch similar programs throughout the region, Hand said.
The HHW Facility is located in Pomona, in the Town of Ramapo and is open daily for residential drop-off of unwanted cell phones and other hazardous materials.
Verizon Wireless is a recognized corporate leader for its commitment to preventing domestic violence and raising awareness of the issue. Created over 10 years ago, the HopeLine program collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider and manufacturer, and then refurbishes the phones or recycles them in an environmentally-friendly way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program benefit victims of domestic violence and non-profit advocacy agencies by providing essential communication tools-- wireless phones and services-- and financial grants.
Since 1999, Verizon Wireless has collected three million wireless phones from consumers nationwide. This has kept more than 200 tons of electronic waste out of landfills and helped thousands of domestic violence survivors rebuild their lives. In addition to phones, service and voice mailboxes for victims, HopeLine includes community and corporate awareness initiatives; and a bilingual "Invest in Yourself" program designed to help prepare survivors to re-enter the workforce.
Verizon Wireless was one of three Rockland County organizations to receive the Rockland Recycles Award; other honorees were the Clarkstown Central School District and Nyack Hospital.
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