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Full Circle Wireless Supports EPA's National Cell Phone Recycling Week

Offering businesses across the U.S. five easy tips for helping our planet

Full Circle Wireless Inc., a recycler and reseller of previously owned wireless devices and accessories, is lending its support for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) second annual National Cell Phone Recycling Week, which kicked off Monday, April 5th, by offering commercial businesses and private/public organizations across the U.S. five easy tips to help protect our planet through the incorporation of more conscientious electronic recycling practices. Full Circle has been leading the charge, since its inception in 2003, to generate greater awareness among Americans about the danger of toxic "e-waste" that can be created by something as small as a discarded personal cell phone - a form of electronic product waste which, on a national level, is making a significant negative impact on our country's growing landfill problem.

The company, which Inc. magazine named last year as the 16th fastest growing environmental services firm in the nation, buys back unwanted, used cellular inventory from businesses, community organizations, schools, and government facilities throughout America and then manages the responsible recycling or reselling of the equipment through third-party partners - a small step that company CEO Shelton Basham says can help to preserve the environment for generations to come. "It's all about building awareness," explained Basham. "Full Circle Wireless applauds the EPA for its efforts to direct the attention of the American public - not just to the importance of proper e-recycling in general - but to the urgency of cellular phone recycling in particular. This is a major problem in this country because of the sheer volume of cell phones in circulation. Each and everyday, Americans throw nearly 350,000 wireless units and accessories into the trash - on a national level, that waste generation is astounding."

To combat this problem, Full Circle Wireless is waging a public education campaign, building on the outreach of public entities such as the EPA, to alert businesses to proper recycling alternatives. In recognition of National Cell Phone Recycling Week, the company is offering businesses five ways to begin to make a difference in curtailing cell phone waste. This call to action is the essence of what Full Circle refers to as "The Complete Green Cellular Solution"--an easy way for companies to recycle wireless products while actually saving money.

In particular, Full Circle is asking businesses across American to change their attitude and approach to cellular product disposal in the following ways:

  1. First, don't discard previously used wireless inventory into the nation's waste system.
  2. Second, rethink the process and learn about ways that the equipment can be responsibly recycled. Visit www.fullcirclewireless.com, www.epa.gov, and other industry sources to understand how businesses and community organizations can participate in programs that make good business, as well as environmental, sense.
  3. Third, say "yes" to cash back for properly dispensing used wireless inventory. Full Circle will pay businesses across America for their used cellular products, including standard cell phones, BlackBerrys and aircards - that's money siphoned back into the participating business to directly impact their fiscal bottom line. And, Full Circle will pick up and/or ship the inventory free of charge, making the invitation to e-recycle a win-win solution for companies and for the planet.
  4. Fourth, when setting aside wireless products, the IT department of participating companies can contribute to the process by removing a cell phone's SIM card, and erasing the memory. (Full Circle will conduct their own data cleansing process in accord with privacy policies before sending phones to third-parties for proper recycling or resale, but companies can aid in and streamline the process on a national level by assisting with this easy step.)
  5. Fifth, recognize that the actions of every wireless consumer and business in the U.S. can make a substantial difference. Responsible e-recycling begins at the individual level - and because of the volume of cell phones discarded each day, Americans acting in unison can change the future of our landfill problem. The efforts of Full Circle Wireless alone over the past seven years have resulted in the elimination of more than 50 metric tons of e-waste!

"According to the EPA, there are more than 100 million cell phones in the U.S. that are no longer in use," added Basham. "If we can help to alert even 1 percent of American businesses to change their behavior, we'll be making a dent in this devastating environmental issue. We are urging companies in every vertical industry that utilize wireless products to consider making 'The Complete Green Cellular Solution' a part of their own credo and commitment to doing right by our planet."

For more information about responsible cellular recycling or equipment reselling options, please visit www.fullcirclewireless.com or call 800.863.8023.

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