AT&T expanding cell phone recycling options

LAWRENCEVILLE - AT&T, which has five retail store locations in Gwinnett County, announced Friday that it is expanding its efforts to fight e-waste by offering customers more options to recycle unwanted cell phones.

All the options are free of charge, too.

Besides being able to drop off your phone for recycling at any AT&T location, customers can now request prepaid shipping labels and envelopes online or at any AT&T store. By making a request online, materials will be shipped to your home free of charge.

"We encourage wireless users to do what they can to reuse or recycle old cell phones because they're made of valuable materials like precious metals, copper, and plastics - all of which require energy to extract and manufacture," said Matt Hale of the Environmental Protection Agency. "When you recycle cell phones, you are helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, keep valuable material out of landfills and incinerators, and conserve natural resources."

For more information on recycling an unwanted cell phone, visit www.att.com/recycle.