Verizon Recycles Cell Phones for Domestic Violence Victims

Bedminster, N.J. -- Verizon Wireless Communications has launched HopeLine, a national phone recycling program where the company will collect used wireless handsets to be refurbished, recycled or sold. Proceeds will go to nonprofit domestic violence advocacy organizations and will be used to purchased handsets for victims.

This summer, Verizon conducted a local 10-week trial of the program in Georgia and collected more than 8,000 phones. This is the first national program of its kind for Verizon, with all 1,200 stores participating. Customers of any phone carrier also can participate.

Wireless phone donations can be sent to: HopeLine Program, c/o Verizon Wireless, 1776 East Ellsworth Road, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48108. Phone toll-free: (800) 426-2790.