November 12, 2009

Since 2001, Sprint Customers Have Kept over 18 Million Handsets out of Landfills by Participating in Sprint’s Wireless Reuse and Recycling Program

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 12, 2009-- Sprint (NYSE:S), recently ranked highest among all U.S. telecom companies and #15 overall on Newsweek’s Green Rankings, today announced its support for America Recycles Day, and encourages consumers to make environmentally conscious choices when purchasing or disposing of products. Sunday, Nov. 15 marks the twelfth annual celebration of America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to recycling and encouraging Americans to buy recycled products.

“With more than 140 million cell phones discarded every year in the United States, Sprint is working to combat waste and increase the recycling of electronics,” said Ralph Reid, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility. “As an organization, we have set an aggressive industry-first goal of reaching a 90 percent phone collection rate for reuse/recycling compared with annual wireless device sales by 2017. In addition, Sprint is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) 15 percent by 2017 and is actively pursuing new sustainable initiatives, goals and programs that will protect the environment and the communities we serve.”

Sprint actively supports recycling and reuse through active participation in programs like the EPA’s “Plug-In To eCycling National Cell Phone Recycling” initiative. In addition, Sprint continues to develop new, eco-friendly products and accessories such as the Samsung Reclaim™ which is made partly from bio-plastic and the SOLIO Solar Charger – products that are enabling consumers to make “greener” product choices. Sprint has also established new green design criteria for future devices and accessories.

“As a company, we are striving to address the environmental impact of our products’ full life cycle,” continued Reid. “And Sprint will continue to move forward, setting high standards for our industry.”

Since 2001 Sprint has collected more than 18 million handsets; diverting them from landfills and raising nearly $7 million for charity. To encourage consumers to recycle their unused wireless devices, Sprint includes postage-paid wireless recycling envelopes with nearly all of the new devices it sells and enables customers to print out postage-paid wireless recycling labels at Sprint offers two free and easy wireless reuse and recycling collection programs for consumers to recycle their unused wireless devices:

  • Sprint Buyback allows Sprint customers to return eligible Sprint or Nextel devices in exchange for an account credit. Customers can participate in the Sprint Buyback program by going to, calling toll-free (866) 364-5680 or by going to any of the more than 1,100 Sprint-owned retail stores nationwide.
  • Sprint Project Connect(SM) accepts all wireless phones, batteries, accessories and data cards, regardless of carrier or condition. Free postage-paid envelopes are available at any Sprint-owned retail store and come in the box with most new phones sold by Sprint. Free postage-paid mailing labels are also available at All net proceeds generated from the wireless equipment collected by Sprint Project Connect help keep kids safer online through Sprint’s 4NetSafetySM program. Charitable partners include the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Boys & Girls Club of America and the NEA Health Information Network.

For more information on Sprint programs that protect the environment, go to, or follow @SprintGreenNews on Twitter.

Click here to view a new brief video that provides an inside look at Sprint’s process for collecting and sorting of wireless devices with the help of UPS.


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 wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2009 and the first and only 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit

Source: Sprint

Alexander Hahn, 703-433-3062