Saturday, May 12, 2012

Verizon Sponsored recycling Rally May 24th - Ashburn VA

Verizon to Hold Third Annual Recycling Rally May 24 in Ashburn, Va.; Urges Area Residents, Employees to Go Green

All Are Welcome to Drop Off Unwanted Electronics, Other Materials – Including TVs, Computer Terminals – at Verizon’s Ashburn Campus From 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m

ASHBURN, Va. – Verizon employees will gather in the parking lot of the company’s Ashburn campus on May 24 to collect unwanted electronics and other material for recycling.  This Recycling Rally, which is free and open to the public, is part of Verizon’s commitment to protect and preserve the environment by enabling the public to be green at work and at home.  The supplier disposing of the discarded items will adhere to Verizon’s zero-landfill objective, meaning the materials will be reused or recycled so that they do not end up in a landfill.

Recycled items can include glass, plastics and aluminum cans; laptop and desktop computers; CRT (cathode ray tube) and LCD (liquid crystal display) monitors and televisions; computer cables, mice and keyboards; gaming consoles; telephones and answering machines; stereo and audio equipment; paper shredders; alarm clocks; printers; cameras; conferencing equipment; remote controls; earphones; small electronic appliances (such as coffee makers, toasters, toaster ovens and can openers); microwave ovens; vacuum cleaners; and electronic toys without batteries.  Hard drives will not be wiped, and all batteries should be removed prior to turning in any items.

Items that will not be accepted include hazardous waste (such as batteries, inks/toners, mercury bulbs); units containing fluid (such as motors and pumps containing fluid); refrigerators and freezers; medical waste, and radioactive material such as X-ray equipment.

Participants will be randomly selected for Energy/Water-Go Green Kits that include energy-saving items such as a reduced-flow shower head, compact fluorescent light bulb, kitchen aerators and an energy-saving tip wheel.

WHEN:                                                 Thursday, May 24, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:                                               Verizon’s Ashburn Campus, 22001 Loudoun County Pkwy. 
                                                                (Visitor parking lot on right at Loudoun County Parkway entrance)

Verizon will mark the unofficial arrival of summer with a May 24 recycling rally at its Ashburn campus on Loudoun County Parkway.  Details are included in the advisory below.  One key change this year: They are accepting CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors and televisions this year for the first time.  So you finally can get rid of that half-ton Sony Trinitron you’ve been keeping in the basement… 

Verizon’s Chief Sustainability Officer Jim Gowen will be at the Ashburn event and would be happy to talk with you about the rally and Verizon’s commitment to improving its carbon/sustainability footprint.

Last year’s Ashburn rally was quite successful; they collected more than 15,000 pounds (7.5 tons) of personal recyclable material from several hundred participants.

Our May 24 Ashburn recycling rally is one of many similar events Verizon is holding across the country as part of Verizon’s comprehensive sustainability program, which also includes energy conservation, adding alternative-fueled vehicles to our fleet and reducing the use of paper. 

A few factoids on Verizon’s efforts in sustainability may be of interest:
·         Saving a forest of 436,000 trees annually with two initiatives to cut pulp use.  Paper-free billing to both wireline and wireless customers, and waivers in nine states to cease automatic delivery of residential white page directories.  (This move away from automatic residential White Pages directory delivery alone will save an approximate 1,640 tons of waste from Virginia’s waste system each year.
·         Business cards made from recycled paper that is 100 percent post-consumer waste. This will save the equivalent of 2,000 trees.
·         Verizon recycled 71.2 million pounds of paper and cardboard in 2011.
·         The goal for its 38,000-vehicle service fleet is to have 15 percent of vehicles running on alternative fuel by 2015.  They added 667 such vehicles in 2011,roughly halfway to that goal.
Also of note: For the past three years, Verizon has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index, which lists North America's leading companies as measured by governance, social and environmental performance.  For more information on Verizon's environmental initiatives, visit
.  Customers interested in signing up for paper free billing can visit

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