EPA Pitches 'National Cell Phone Recycling Week'
The Environmental Protection Agency took to the air this morning at KYW 1060 AM in Philadelphia to bring awareness to National Cell Phone Recycling Week. EPA spokesperson Doinna Heron said that only 10% of cell phones are recycled each year because most people don't know where to send them. Many of the wireless network operators — including Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless — will accept old phones at their retail locations, as will big box electronic retailers such as Staples and Office Depot. If you have old and unused phones laying around, the EPA encourages you to recycle them, as many of the internal components can be reused.
Kyocera Phone Recycling Program to Benefit Soldiers
Kyocera today launched a nationwide 'Take Back' phone recycling program that will provide calling services to deployed military personnel. Kyocera partnered with SecondWave Recycling to handle the logistics.
Apple Offering Credit for Some Android, Windows Phones
Apple has expanded the scope of its Reuse and Recycling Program to include smartphones, tablets, and PCs not made by Apple. Customers can take their old smartphones directly to Apple Stores and receive credit towards new Apple gear for turning them in.
Some AT&T Partners to Cease Selling Contracts
AT&T today said some of its retailer partners are going to offer only AT&T Next plans beginning June 1. These retailers, like Walmart, may have national footprints, but the change is only being made in some locations that AT&T would not name.
Facebook to Display Amber Alerts
Facebook today said it has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and will begin to push Amber alerts to users' Facebook news feeds. Facebook said it was inspired to create the service after an Amber alert posted to Facebook by a user resulted in the recovery of an abducted child.