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LIBERTY PROPERTY TRUST’S CELL PHONE COLLECTION EFFORTS ON EARTH DAY WILL BRING HOURS OF TALK TIME TO US SOLDIERS SERVING ABROAD – AND KEEP TOXINS OUT OF LANDFILLS
Developer’s national collection campaign nets more than 2,000 phones in 17 cities
MALVERN, PA – May 19, 2009 – Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LRY), the real estate investment trust that owns and manages nearly 2.5 million square feet of office and industrial properties in Jacksonville, today announced that 86 cell phones were collected during its “Cell Phones for Soldiers” Earth Day Campaign during the week of April 20.
“Our tenants and their employees came out in force to support Cell Phones for Soldiers, and their efforts will make a real difference in both the lives of armed forces personnel serving overseas, and to our planet,” said Mike Heise, vice president and city manager, Liberty Property Trust. “Their contributions resulted in the donation of 5,160 minutes of ‘talk time’ to these servicemen and women, and kept toxic components such as arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, copper, and lead out of landfills.”
Liberty hosted the program in 17 cities nationwide, collecting 2,021 cell phones. These phones will be shipped to Cell Phones for Soldiers in the coming days.
Keeping 130 Million Cell Phones Out of Landfills
According to Cell Phones for Soldiers, Americans will replace an estimated 130 million cell phones this year, with the majority of previously used phones thrown away or stuffed in a drawer. To prevent this, Cell Phones for Soldiers collects those obsolete cell phones and turns them into hours of talk time for soldiers abroad.
They accomplish this by sending the phones to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone – enough to provide an hour of talk time each. (The phones themselves are not sent to service personnel overseas, as most are not GSM enabled.)
Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teens Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. The registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.
The program also keeps the phones out of landfills. Toxic materials found in phone circuitry and displays, as well as many of the non-toxic materials found in phones (precious metals, engineered plastics and glass) take years to decompose. They can also be recycled less expensively and with less environmental impact than when newly manufactured.
About Liberty Property Trust
Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LRY), headquartered in Malvern, PA, is dedicated to enhancing people’s lives through extraordinary work environments. The real estate investment trust (REIT) serves customers in the United States and United Kingdom through the development, acquisition, ownership and management of superior office and industrial properties. Liberty's 77 million square foot portfolio offers exceptional locations and flexible design to more than 2,100 tenants at approximately 750 office, distribution and light manufacturing facilities. For more information visit www.libertyproperty.com.