Chicago (April 12, 2021) – In honor of Earth Day, UScellular encourages people to keep their old electronic devices out of landfills and is providing incentives to do so. Customers can get up to $500 when they trade in qualified smartphones online or in-store or easily recycle them at any UScellular location. The company also offers customers tips on how they can be more environmentally aware for Earth Day and every day.
Environmental Protection Agency statistics show that for every million cell phones that are recycled, 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered. This prevents these materials from ending up in local landfills and polluting local ground water supplies. In 2020, 220,000 devices were recycled responsibly through UScellular’s Trade-In and Recycling programs. As a result, 99,000 pounds of e-waste was diverted from landfills, and 280,500,000 gallons of water pollution was avoided.
“Mobile devices have become an integral tool in helping us simplify and enhance our lives, while also allowing us to take actionable steps to help our environment,” said Deirdre Drake, executive vice president and chief people officer for UScellular. “Additionally, our associates make it safe and easy to recycle used devices from any carrier in an environmentally friendly and responsible way.”
While recycling or trading in old devices is one way to be green, there are other ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle with the help of your smartphone. For Earth Day, and any day, UScellular offers tips to help take care of the environment.
UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier is building a stronger network with the latest 5G technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers' lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. It is ranked #1 in the North Central Region in the J.D. Power 2020 Wireless Network Quality Performance Study – Volume 2. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with UScellular on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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