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Sprint strives to efficiently manage the resources used in our business operations. By working to procure just what’s needed and optimizing how we dispose of our waste, we are reducing our environmental footprint while improving the company's bottom line.
From ethical sourcing and waste reduction to reuse and recycling, Sprint seeks to manage resources from a full life–cycle perspective. When procuring resources, we understand the value of moderation. Optimizing our consumption helps to reduce the company's out–of–pocket expenses as well as any resulting waste. Just as conservation is important, so is evaluating a resource's origin, its composition, and how it is made, packaged and delivered. Sprint has begun to incorporate all of these aspects into our procurement process, most notably around paper and water. In fact of the dozen Fortune 500 companies from the telecom, insurance and credit card sectors evaluated by ForestEthics in their 2011 Green Grades report, only Sprint received an “A” for its paper practices.
Sprint applies that same diligence to its operational and electronic waste. The focus begins with reuse whenever feasible and is followed by recycling. At the Sprint headquarters campus in Overland Park, Kan., reuse and recycling initiatives for operational waste range from a Shared Office Surplus site where employees can obtain excess office supplies for reuse; to food and landscape waste composting; to a wide range of recycling. Company–wide, Sprint has reduced the amount of waste it has sent to landfills by more than 25% from 2007 to 2010. In addition to the ecological benefits, Sprint benefits from reduced hauling fees and cash rebates for capturing some recyclable material. In 2011 Sprint began moving to a centralized waste management model. This change is enabling Sprint to reduce waste further by using the savings to roll out recycling to more than 400 additional sites where it directly controls waste hauling.
In regards to electronic waste (e–waste), Sprint has taken a leading role by promoting the responsible collection, reuse and recycling of electronics. Sprint was the first in the industry to set an ambitious long–term goal pledging to collect nine phones for reuse and recycling for every 10 it sells annually by 2017. In May 2011, Sprint also became the first wireless provider to publish an Electronics Stewardship Policy outlining goals and commitments to address the full lifecycle of the electronics it buys and sells.
The International Electronics Recycling Conference applauded this holistic approach when presenting Sprint with their Sustainability Leadership Award for the second consecutive year. Sprint also earned accolades from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for building upon it Electronics Stewardship Policy. In July 2011, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson commended Sprint for its leadership in signing a voluntary commitment to promote the use of certified recyclers, provide downstream assurance, and increase the transparency of its recycling operations. A year later, in September 2012, Sprint became the first wireless carrier to join the EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Electronics Challenge.
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