AT&T, the nations largest wireless carrier, introduces an online starter kit for Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS) donation drives and challenges the public to double cell phone recycling by next Earth Day, 2009. In honor of Earth Day and the thousands of men and women serving in the military oversees, AT&T will collect old wireless devices for the Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS) program during the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Green Living Expo on April 26, 2008.
CPFS is a charity that collects and recycles mobile phones, so it can provide U.S. military families with free phone cards. AT&T launched its recycling support for CPFS in July 2007, turning more than 2000 company-owned stores nationwide into drop-off sites for CPFS. In addition, the company has donated 60,000 prepaid phone cards to CPFS since 2007.
The Cell Phones for Soldiers recycling drive also helps support AT&Ts overall commitment to green initiatives. The CPFS program has collected more than 1.25 million wireless handsets to date. ReCellular, Inc. sampling indicates that an average handset weighs 0.20 pounds or five handsets per pound. Therefore, the CPFS program has eliminated 250,000 pounds of waste or 125 tons from entering landfills. In addition, the 2008 forecast predicts that the CPFS program will collect more than 1.7 million cell phones this year alone!
Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS) was started in April 2004 by Brittany Bergquist and her brother Robbie, then 14 and 13 years old.
To further its support for CPFS, AT&T provides an online starter kit for community members who would like to conduct a CPFS donation drive. The new web site, at www.att.com/recyclewireless, also provides free shipping labels for CPFS donations, making it easy for those who cannot get to a CPFS drop-off site to still contribute to the cause.
This effort is made possible by AT&T Pioneers, the nations largest company-sponsored volunteer organization.
Saturday, April 26, 2008 from 10am – 2pm
at Stranahan Park in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, just south of Fort Lauderdale City Hall.
For more info, contact Kelly Layne Starling, PR Manager for South & West Florida AT&T at 561-301-1414 on her AT&T wireless or email email@example.com