Only a small percentage of handsets manufactured are recycled, even though 50 percent of those phones could be reused
Greenwood Village, CO (PRWEB) February 21, 2008
Telwares announced today the availability of cell phone recycling services to its Mobility Lifecycle Management solution. This significant offering addresses the growing demand among enterprises for greener and more secure alternatives for disposal of extraneous or outdated voice and converged mobile devices, as well as their accessories. It is a critical piece of the overall Telwares Mobility Lifecycle Management solution that also includes contract negotiation, audit and optimization, inventory and invoice management, device and plan procurement, help desk support, and over-the-air software updates.
The rapid obsolescence of devices and technology results in thousands of pounds of toxic trash annually in the United States alone. One cell phone, if thrown away, can pollute 40,000 gallons of ground water. In partnership with The Wireless Alliance, headquartered in Boulder, CO, Telwares will collect unneeded cellular equipment that otherwise fills desks and closets, and scrub any remaining data. The cell phones collected from this program will then be refurbished and reused, or smelted down for metals and plastics in strict compliance with EPA standards. No units collected will be sent to a landfill.
"It is estimated that more than 125 million wireless phones will be discarded this year," said Bill Walsh, Telwares president and chief operating officer. "Both Telwares and our customers recognize the threat this waste can pose to the environment. We are responding by delivering a green solution for our customers that makes device disposal and recycling effortless and secure."
"Only a small percentage of handsets manufactured are recycled, even though 50 percent of those phones could be reused," said Jon Newman, VP and owner of The Wireless Alliance. "Such unnecessary and environmentally harmful waste is increasingly recognized as a serious problem for society and the planet. We are very pleased to include Telwares as a partner in a program that is convenient, economical and beneficial to all involved."
The Wireless Alliance (TWA), http://www.thewirelessalliance.com, works with recyclers, wireless carriers, and non-profit organizations to collect, reuse and recycle cellular equipment. All equipment is repurposed in a zero waste manner. The Wireless Alliance has reclaimed over 300 tons of wireless equipment from landfills, contributing to a cleaner and safer environment.
Telwares is the leading provider of telecommunications spend management solutions to the Global 2000. Headquartered in Denver, Telwares serves the TEM industry's largest client base representing every industry across the globe. Telwares currently holds $6.6 billion of telecom services under management and has saved clients more than $5 billion from the $15 billion of contracts negotiated. Telwares customers additionally profit through the expertise of a management team comprised of experts and thought leaders well known to the industry. For more information, visit http://www.telwares.com.
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