Verizon Wireless Asking Customers to Go Green

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Verizon Wireless wants to make a difference this Earth Day by asking people to recycle old cell phones or accessories they are no longer using.

According to the Environmental Protecton Agency, recycling 100 million cell phones would save enough energy to power nearly 200,000 U.S. households with electricity for one year.

Mark Yamauchi, director of sales for Hawaii says everyone can help make a difference.

"Since we launched our national cell phone recycling program in 2001, we have kept more than 200 tons of electronic waste out of landfills," said Yamauchi.

Yamauchi says recycling used cell phones will not only be good for the environment but also help survivors of domestic violence.

Last year, Verizon Wireless collected more than 5,000 no-longer used phones through its HopeLine phone recycling program.  The phones were refurbished for resale, with proceeds going to victims of domestic violence.

Hawaii-based violence programs received more than $100,000 in grants.

Verizon encourages mobile users to stop by a Verizon Wireless store to recycle old wireless phones or accessories.