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[GreenYes] Tell the Cell Phone Industry Its Recycling Effort 'Needs Improvement'


The cell phone Recycling Report Card at earthworksaction.org found that over
98 percent of retired cell phones are not recycled.





<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=103556761&url_num=1&url=
http://www.earthworksaction.org>

Tell
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=103556761&url_num=2&url=
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/earthworks/campaign.js
p?campaign_KEY=3325> the Cell Phone Industry Its Recycling Effort "Needs
Improvement"

Gold recovered from the 130 million phones discarded each year would be
equivalent to the output of a gold mine

April 5th, the Recycle My Cell Phone released the Cell Phone Recycling
Report Card -- an evaluation of the wireless industry's recycling efforts.

The cell phone industry's recycling report card: 'f'
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Its overall grade: F

Thanks to your responses to the cell phone recycling survey we sent last
month, and visits and calls by EARTHWORKS staff to the biggest wireless
service companies, the Cell Phone Recycling Report Card reveals that:

* 84% of surveyed consumers don't know if their wireless provider has
a recycling program

* 70% of stores visited didn't have visible phone drop off sites or
promotional materals

* Less than 50% of customer reps provided accurate info about their
company's recycling program

* All four major companies (Cingular, Verizon, T-mobile and Sprint
control 86% of the wireless market) have partnered with ReCellular -- a
recycling company that does not allow independent verification of its
environmental and social practices. ReCellular is also the only company
decertified for noncompliance by the Electronics Recycler's Pledge of True
Stewardship.

Please
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=103556761&url_num=3&url=
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/earthworks/campaign.js
p?campaign_KEY=3325> take action today! Tell the wireless trade association
(CTIA, which is holding its Wireless 2006 convention in Las Vegas from 4/5
to 4/7), Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and Cingular that vague environmental
standards in support of anonymous recycling programs do little to address
the approximately 65,000 tons of toxic e-waste represented by the 130
million cell phones discarded each year.

Sincerely,
Alan Septoff
EARTHWORKS

INSTRUCTIONS:

* Click
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=103556761&url_num=4&url=
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/earthworks/campaign.js
p?campaign_KEY=3325> here to go to the action page.

* Read the sample letter and modify if possible. Personalized subject
lines and/or letter text will increase the impact your letter has on
decisionmakers.

* Clicking "Send My Message" from the take action page will send your
comment letter the CTIA, Cingular, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.


This alert brought to you in cooperation with:


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http://www.recyclemycellphone.org>
Recycle My Cell Phone Campaign
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