November 15, 2006
Sprint Nextel Marks America Recycles Day by Urging New Yorkers to Recycle Wireless Phones
NEW YORK, Nov 15, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- In honor of America Recycles Day, Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) is encouraging people to recycle their old wireless phones and accessories, such as batteries, by picking up a free postage-paid recycling envelope at Sprint retail stores throughout New York State.
Beginning Dec. 1, 2006, a New York City law will take effect requiring retailers of rechargeable batteries to take back these items for recycling. Additionally, on Jan. 1, 2007, a New York State law will require wireless retailers to accept cell phones for recycling. Sprint Project Connect(SM), being one of the first nationwide wireless recycling programs, already meets the standards that will be imposed by both laws.
Since 2001, Sprint Nextel has collected nearly seven million wireless devices that otherwise would have ended up in landfills. "Wireless recycling has long been an integral part of Sprint Nextel's environmental commitment," said Maureen Link, Sprint Nextel regional vice president. "We've already kept millions of phones out of the waste stream and we remain dedicated to collecting many more."
Sprint Project Connect accepts all wireless phones and accessories regardless of make, model, carrier or condition. To make recycling convenient for all, donations are accepted by mail using free postage-paid recycling envelopes available at Sprint stores nationwide. Free shipping labels are also available for printing online at www.sprint.com/projectconnect.
About Sprint Project Connect
Sprint Project Connect is a nationwide wireless phone donation and recycling program that raises funds for K-12 education programs while providing an environmentally friendly way to dispose of used wireless phones. Phones are recycled or refurbished and resold with proceeds benefiting K-12 education programs through the Sprint Foundation. Since Sprint Project Connect's inception, the program has raised more than $3 million for charitable programs. For more information visit www.sprint.com/projectconnect.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving more than 51 million customers at the end of third quarter 2006; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
SOURCE: Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel Media Contact: Jack Pflanz, 315-426-3510