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Sprint Partners With The U.S. EPA To Urge Americans To Recycle Their Unwanted Cell Phones


“Plug-In To eCycling” to Boost Recovery of Cell Phones

News Highlights:

Sprint (NYSE: S) announced today its renewed partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for “Plug-in To eCycling National Cell Phone Recycling Week” April 5-11, 2010.

Sprint is launching an aggressive social media campaign for the week, including a video entitled “16,000 Phones” featuring Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, and program updates via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the Sprint Community site.

National Cell Phone Recycling Week aligns with Sprint’s ambitious, long-term goal to recover for reuse or recycling the equivalent of 90 percent of handsets sold by 2017.

Sprint collected 3.7 million phones in 2009 for a collection rate of 42 percent, up from a 34 percent rate the previous year.

In total Sprint’s takeback programs have diverted more than 20 million cell phones from landfills for reuse or recycling since 2001.

In March, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse testified in front of Congress and announced the launch of Sprint’s expanded wireless buy-back program.

Sprint is the only major U.S. wireless carrier to pay consumers in store for recycling their eligible devices regardless of make, manufacturer or carrier.


Ralph Reid, Sprint vice president of corporate responsibility

“Sprint is pleased to work again with the EPA to increase awareness and consumer participation in electronics recycling, or eCycling,” said Ralph Reid, Sprint vice president of Corporate Responsibility. “We are committed to eCycling efforts. With approximately 16,000 cell phones discarded every hour in the U.S., we encourage our customers and other wireless customers to give their old phones a second life by recycling them.”

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Sprint Buyback Program

Sprint Buyback offers great savings on our products and services to current and new Sprint customers who turn in up to three eligible wireless devices, per active line of service each year. More than 900 wireless devices – many from other carriers – are currently eligible for Buyback with credits up to $250.

Sprint Project Connect

Sprint Project Connect accepts all wireless phones, batteries, accessories and data cards, regardless of carrier or condition and is available to everyone.

Proceeds help keep kids safer online through Sprint’s 4NetSafetySM program.