Schools Can Now Recycle Used Headphones and Headsets Through FundingFactory to Earn Points Toward New Technology
San Fernando, Calif. (March 25, 2013) – Califone International, Inc., a leader in design and development of audiovisual and supplemental curriculum products for education, has partnered with FundingFactory, the largest recycling fundraiser for schools and nonprofits, to help schools recycle end-of-life audio equipment and enhance their sustainability initiatives. Through the partnership, participants earn points redeemable for cash or new technology, including Califone products, by collecting used headsets and headphones for recycling.
FundingFactory is a 100-percent free program that enables educational and nonprofit organizations to recycle electronic waste (e-waste) in exchange for cash or points redeemable for products in its online Rewards Catalog. Audio equipment has been added to the program’s Qualifying Items list, which also includes used inkjet and toner cartridges, cell phones, laptops, and other small electronics.
“Our partnership supports a broader definition of what it means to be green, providing schools with the unique opportunity to recycle end-of-life headphones and headsets and minimize waste,” said Tim Ridgway, vice president of marketing for Califone. “Not only can educators take action to keep e-waste out of landfills, they can raise funds at the same time to meet their evolving technology needs.”
In addition to recycling used headphones and headsets, participants can also redeem their points for Califone products, including the award-winning, washable Titanium™ headsets and the iPhone/iPod Wireless Portable PA System. Califone provides affordable, durable and high-quality multimedia solutions for classrooms, libraries, computer labs, auditoriums, and outdoor learning environments. As schools expand their technology infrastructures, Califone products are essential tools to support computer and mobile-based learning.
“As schools face ever tighter budgets, our partnership with Califone enables education leaders to enhance their fundraising efforts and have greater access to cost-effective audiovisual technology,” said Erika Dauber, program manager of FundingFactory. “We commend Califone for its green leadership in the education community and helping schools find more ways to reduce e-waste and model eco-friendly behaviors for students.”
Califone was founded in 1947 and continues to be a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education, presentation and professional markets. The company offers a complete line of audio solutions, wireless systems and multimedia products for small, medium and large presentation needs. Califone serves millions of educators and students in the PreK through higher education school environments, and has expanded to serve business and industry, houses of worship, parks and recreation, and other presentation markets as well.
Since its inception in 1997, FundingFactory has provided more than $31 million in funding to more than 50,000 schools and nonprofit organizations across the United States and saved 30 million pounds of e-waste from landfills. FundingFactory is a free recycling fundraiser for schools, nonprofits, and charities. Participating organizations can earn points redeemable for cash or products by recycling used inkjet and toner cartridges, cell phones, and small electronics collected from their communities and supporters. FundingFactory is a program of Environmental Reclamation Services, LLC, a Clover Technologies Group company. Headquartered in Erie, Pa., ERS is an R2-certified, ISO 14001-2004-certified, No Landfill company, with more than 99 percent of its incoming material reused or recycled in 2011.
• Tim Ridgway, Califone, Inc., 800-722-0500 x428, Tim.Ridgway@califone.com
• Erika Dauber, FundingFactory, 814-464-1826, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Kristen Plemon, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x18, email@example.com