ATT Recycles Cell Phones for Soldiers

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.

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.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

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.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services and emergency funding to active-duty military members and veterans.

Since 2004, Cell Phones For Soldiers…

  • Has provided more than 300 million minutes of free talk time.
  • Since July 2012, Helping Heroes Home has assisted more than 3,100 veterans and their families with emergency funding.
  • Recycled more than 15 million cell phones, reducing the impact on landfills.
  • Mails approximately 1,500 calling cards each week.

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