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Seyfarth Shaw adds cell recycling drop-off site

  • Seyfarth Shaw, Two Seaport Lane, Boston;
  • MBA headquarters, 20 West St., Boston;
  • MBA Western Massachusetts office, 73 State St., Springfield;
  • CLF's Massachusetts headquarters, 62 Summer St., Boston; and
  • 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.

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