HTC announces annual cell phone, phone book disposal drive

Horry County, SC - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The warmer weather means spring cleaning at the beach, and that includes properly disposing your old cell phones and phone books.

From March 15 through May 3, HTC will be partnering with the Horry County Solid Waste Authority, Wendy's and Auntie Anne's for Recycling 2010. The organization has teamed up with Horry and Georgetown County schools to collect at least 2,010 phone directories each.

For each directory that is delivered to any HTC branch office location, the company will award three technology prizes, valued up to $2,500, to the schools that recycle the most directories based on the number of students in the school. Technology prizes, according to officials, include desktop computers, laptops, smartboards and mobis.

"HTC has sponsored the directory recycling program for over eighteen years and 2010 is no exception.  Our goal for this campaign is to continue this joint effort that supports area schools and the environment-both of which are crucial to our children's future," said Nicole Hyman, HTC senior marketing coordinator.

For each cell phone recycled, HTC will donate a minimum of $1 per phone all the way up to $39 per phone to the Horry County Schools' Fund for Homeless Students.  Plus, each person donating a directory or cell phone will receive a free 12 OZ Frosty coupon from Wendy's ® and Buy any Pretzel Item and get a free original or cinnamon sugar Pretzel from Auntie Anne's.

In 2009, 64 public and private schools in Horry and Georgetown counties participated and raised $11,040 to benefit their schools.  Over 70,000 phone books were recycled, which means over 70 tons of directories were recycled instead of going into the landfill.

Participating schools also recycled 395 old cell phones.

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