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Harmony Festival Goes Green With Verizon Wireless In Santa Rosa, California


Phone recycling is easy with the HopeLine® program.

WALNUT CREEK, CA — Verizon Wireless invites environmentally-conscious people attending the Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa on June 12-14, 2009 to go ‘green’ and help support victims of domestic abuse. Festival-goers can donate their used wireless phones, batteries and accessories to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine phone recycling program at the Sonoma County Fairground this weekend. HopeLine collection boxes will be located with the Verizon Wireless street team near the EcoCup entrance.

The HopeLine program collects no-longer-used wireless phones and equipment in any condition from any service provider. The used phones are either refurbished or recycled. With the funds raised from the sale of the refurbished phones, Verizon Wireless donates wireless phones and airtime to survivors, and provides funding and other contributions to non-profit domestic violence shelters and prevention programs across the country.

“We’re happy to partner with the Harmony Festival to make cell phone recycling easy for festival-goers,” said Kevin Zavaglia, regional president for Verizon Wireless. “Together, we are making a difference by raising awareness of domestic violence while protecting the environment.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling 1 million phones would save enough energy to power 185 U.S. households with electricity for one year, so every phone donated can make a difference.

Through HopeLine’s recycling efforts, more than 200 tons of electronics waste and batteries have been kept out of landfills. Since October of 2001 when Verizon Wireless launched its national recycling program:

* More than 1 million phones have been properly disposed of in an environmentally sound way through the HopeLine program.
* More than 170,000 pounds of batteries were recycled through the HopeLine and Call2Recycle™ programs.
* Verizon Wireless has also donated more than 76,000 HopeLine phones with 228 million minutes of airtime to victims, survivors and domestic violence organizations.

The HopeLine program also includes #HOPE, which can be dialed from any Verizon Wireless handset to immediately connect to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The hotline provides professional support and referrals to people involved in domestic violence, as well as those who want to help friends and family. The call to #HOPE is toll- and airtime-free.

How you can help
No-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider are accepted in Verizon Wireless’ more than 2,500 Communications Stores nationwide. For more information on Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program and to learn how to donate a wireless phone, visit


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