ReCellular Collects 6 Million Phones in 2007, the Most Ever by a Recycling Company
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LAS VEGAS--(Business Wire)--At the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show, ReCellular announced that the company has processed a record 6 million phones in 2007, solidifying the company's position as the world's foremost collector, refurbisher, and recycler of wireless phones. "In 1991, we started with a simple mission - to create a successful business that is both socially and environmentally responsible," says Chuck Newman, founder and CEO of ReCellular, Inc. "Today, ReCellular's impact and success have far exceeded my expectations." In 2007, ReCellular: -- Employed 240 people at facilities in Michigan, Texas, Hong Kong, and Brazil -- Collected 6 million wireless phones for recycling or refurbishing -- Raised more than $20 million for charitable causes -- Diverted more than 1 million pounds of materials from landfills by recycling efforts "Over the past five years, we have grown exponentially," says Newman, "in large part due to our ongoing efforts to increase consumer awareness for cell-phone recycling, and the innovative collection programs we offer our corporate and charitable partners." Cell phone collections: For 2007, ReCellular acquired a record 6,034,771 phones through corporate, charitable and grassroots collections programs. This amount of phones is the equivalent of: 10 million kilograms of carbon emissions According to the EPA, producing six million cell phones would consume enough energy to power 11,400 homes for a year, and produce more than 10.3 million kilograms of carbon emissions. A year's supply of gasoline for 6,000 vehicles According to The Use Less Stuff Report, each cell phone produced consumes materials and energy equivalent to .75 gallons of gasoline. Six million phones represent the equivalent of 4.5 million gallons of gasoline, enough to fuel 6,000 vehicles for 15,000 miles. $3.8 million worth of precious metals According to the U.S. Geological Survey, each wireless phone circuit board contains $0.63 - not factoring the cost of recovery - of gold, platinum, silver, palladium and copper. Cell phone boards yield more 300 grams of gold per ton of circuit boards, compared to five grams of gold per ton of ore from gold-mine operations. Charitable Fundraising: The vast majority of phones ReCellular processes are collected with support from retailers, charity groups and grassroots organizations. These partners create a nationwide network of more than 50,000 sites that collect cell phones of every make, model and age - enabling consumers to recycle their old phones safely and conveniently. ReCellular pays these organizations for each phone collected, with the proceeds benefiting more than 50 non-profit partners nationwide. In 2007, ReCellular provided more than $20 million for charities, including: the Verizon Wireless' HopeLine(R) Phone Recycling, the Motorola Race to Recycle school fundraising program, Cell Phones for Soldiers, and the March of Dimes. Environmental Efforts: Approximately than half of phones ReCellular collects are reconditioned and sold for reuse - considered to be the ultimate form of recycling. Obsolete phones are dismantled and sent to recycling partners to reclaim valuable materials. ReCellular's diverted 1,011,001 pounds of materials from landfills in 2007, including: -- Complete handsets and circuit boards, containing precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum and palladium -- Batteries, containing heavy metals such as nickel, iron, cadmium and lead -- Phone chargers, containing copper wiring -- Plastic phone housings, containing mixed plastics ReCellular's environmental initiatives are verified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to 14001:2004 certification, a voluntary standard that facilitates improved environmental business management. The certification monitors not only ReCellular's practices, but the practices of ReCellular's recycling partners, who must submit to on-site audits by ReCellular to ensure environmentally sound processing and that no materials are being sent to landfills or developing countries for processing. About ReCellular Inc.: With offices in the United States, Hong Kong, and Brazil, ReCellular Inc. is the world's foremost collector, reseller and recycler of used wireless phones and accessories. We provide solutions for the collection, reuse and recycling of used personal electronics that generate financial return for our partners, quality products for our customers, funding for charity organizations, and protection of the environment. Corporate, charitable, consumer and wholesale information is available at www.ReCellular.com. For ReCellular, Inc. Monte Doran, 248-644-0800, ext. 255 email@example.com or ReCellular, Inc. Meredith Newman, 734-205-2289 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2008
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