Seyfarth Shaw, Two Seaport Lane,
MBA headquarters, 20 West St.,
MBA Western Massachusetts office,
73 State St., Springfield;
- CLF's Massachusetts headquarters, 62 Summer St., Boston;
- The Green Roundtable's NEXUS Green Building Resource
Center, 38 Chauncy St., 7th floor, Boston.
Seyfarth Shaw is now the fifth
location in the state to serve as a collection center for the MBA
Lawyers Eco-Challenge cell phone recycling program, which has so
far collected more than 180 phones and 276 accessories.
Recycling cell phones and their
accessories, such as batteries, rechargers and holders, reduces
greenhouse gas emissions, keeps valuable material out of landfills
and incinerators, and conserves natural resources, according to the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Recycling one million cell
phones reduces greenhouse gas emissions equal to taking 33 cars off
the road for a year.
Seyfarth Shaw, a Pledge Partner of
the Eco-Challenge, collected more than 450 phones from its offices
nationwide as part of its first cell phone recycling drive earlier
this year. Nearly 60 phones and 72 accessories from the Boston
office were donated to the Eco-Challenge recycling program.
"People never throw their old phones
away and always wonder what to do with them," said Seyfarth partner
Leah Rochwarg, of the MBA's Energy and Environment Task Force.
Seyfarth staff scoured their garages
and sheds to bring in phones that haven't seen the light of day in
years, many dating back decades.
The Eco-Challenge is accepting
working and broken cell phones and accessories from all service
providers in conjunction with Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program.
Cell phones can be dropped off at the following locations:
HopeLine has collected more than 5.3
million phones, kept more than 200 tons of electronic waste and
batteries out of landfills, and donated more than $5.6 million in
cash grants to organizations that run domestic violence awareness
and prevention programming. Local organizations that have received
support include YWCA of Western Massachusetts, the Norfolk County
Sheriff's Department and the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.