Since 2010, T-Mobile USA Inc. (the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG, www.t-mobile.com) has been bringing customers together to take positive action and help the environment with its handset and accessory recycling program. T-Mobile installed recycling bins in most of its corporate retail stores in the U.S. for customers to drop off—free of charge —cell phones (any make, model or carrier), cell phone batteries, accessories and netbooks. By incorporating recycling into its supply chain, T-Mobile has diverted nearly one million cell phones from landfills.
Tyco Retail Solutions’ (www.tycoretailsolutions.com) Vital World environmental program sets and tracks environmental goals using explicit metrics for water consumption, waste generation and emissions of all six greenhouse gases covered under the Kyoto Protocol. Since the program launched in 2009, Tyco reduced greenhouse gas emissions by five percent and reduced water consumption by 20 percent.