Sustainability, community supported by Green Gifts donation

Sustainability, community supported by Green Gifts donation

Posted on April 13, 2016 by

Combining its corporate commitments to the community and sustainability, H.J. Martin and Son has partnered with Cellcom’s Green Gifts program.  Through Green Gifts, the local wireless company donates proceeds from its cell phone recycling program to area organizations and programs dedicated to environmental sustainability.

H.J. Martin and Son donated 118 total cell phones (plus cases and accessories) to Green Gifts, which is an annual initiative in existence since 2010.  Cellcom has donated more than $180,000 through the program over the last six years.

“Sustainability is at the core of our daily operations,” says H.J. Martin and Son President and CEO Edward Martin.  “To be able to turn our old cell phones into a benefit to the community while being environmentally conscious is a win-win.  We can’t thank Cellcom enough for allowing us to participate in this great program.”

Phones from Green Gifts are sent for recycling, and the resultant funds are put towards local grants.  Groups which are doing environmentally sustainable projects can apply for the funds through Cellcom.  Past projects funded have included making a duck pond at Bay Beach Amusement Park handicap accessible.

“Cellcom’s Green Gifts program would not be possible without consumers and businesses starting the process and making the decision to recycle their old cell phones.  We appreciate the contribution of H.J. Martin to the program and applaud their commitment to the environment,” says Brighid Riordan, director of public affairs for Cellcom.  “Anyone can contribute to this program, simply by dropping off old, broken or unused phones at any Cellcom retail location.”

As part of its commitment to preserving the environment, H.J. Martin and Son is accredited for Building Design and Construction (BD+C) and as Green Associates by Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED).  It also works with Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) to recycle old carpet and carpet pad, disposing of it in a responsible manner.

The company’s sustainability efforts were recognized in April 2015, when it was honored with a bronze Environmental Stewardship Award from Starnet.  Starnet is the world’s leading commercial flooring partnership, comprised of more than 170 locally owned, full-service flooring contractors.

Cellcom is a wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with nearly 70 retail and agent locations.  The company has a long-standing reputation for extraordinary customer care and being a strong community partner.  A subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services.

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