Kyocera Awarded 13TH Consecutive City Recycling Award, Remains San Diego’s
Most-Awarded Company for Environmental Programs
Kyocera Companies Continue eWaste Recycling and Education Campaign, Donating
Almost 30,000 Calling Minutes to Troops through “Cell Phones for Soldiers”
SAN DIEGO -- July 3, 2013
Kyocera Communications, Inc., a San Diego-based provider of wireless phones in
the Americas and a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., has
received the Director's Recycling Award for environmental programs by the City
of San Diego's Environmental Services Department (ESD). It is the thirteenth
consecutive year the company, which operates multiple divisions in San Diego,
has been awarded by the City for its recycling efforts. Overall, Kyocera has
earned 20 such awards for recycling programs and other environmental efforts
from the City – more than any other business in San Diego, according to the
Kyocera companies held the first annual Earth Expo on April 19 in San Diego
with approximately 50 exhibitors sharing Earth-friendly tips, products and
services under Kyocera International's "Solar Grove" of energy-generating
parking shelters. The various Kyocera divisions also conducted a city-wide
eWaste recycling campaign with STAR 94.1, NBC San Diego and numerous Irvine
Company properties. Recycled mobile phones were donated to Cell Phones for
Soldiers, a non-profit organization that recycles donated phones to provide
deployed and returning members of the U.S. military cost-free methods to
communicate with family while serving. Ultimately, Kyocera was able to provide
29,220 minutes of long-distance phone service to troops at southern
California’s Camp Pendleton.
Founded 54 years ago, Kyocera Corporation has maintained a philosophy of
"harmonious coexistence" and a commitment to social responsibility and
environmental protection. Kyocera Communications Inc. continued its leadership
role in environmentally friendly business practices during the past year,
recycling more than 36,778 pounds of paper, plastic, electronic and other
waste materials otherwise destined for landfills, an increase of 37.5 percent
over the previous year. Kyocera employees also participated in a volunteer
beach cleanup at La Jolla Shores, sorting and disposing of trash and
"Kyocera continues to expand its environmentally friendly business processes –
from waste reduction and recycling to utilizing recycled materials for mobile
phone packaging and streamlining our shipping processes, which in turn
contributes to our bottom line,” said Eric Anderson, senior vice president and
general manager of sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications Inc. "This
year, Kyocera companies joined together to help increase awareness of the
simple changes we can make for a positive impact on the environment,
especially for businesses. Our eWaste campaign has continued to grow in
awareness and popularity in San Diego, with donations to Cell Phones for
Soldiers doubling over last year.”
Kyocera’s recycling and environmental efforts that earned the award included:
Cardboard:Kyocera separates cardboard from landfill-trash and recycles it for
reuse. Kyocera Communications Inc. recycled approximately 9,500 lbs. of
cardboard in 2012.
Paper:White and colored paper was collected in offices, copy rooms and labs,
while confidential and proprietary documents were collected and securely
shredded. Overall, approximately 2,500 pounds of mixed paper were recycled.
Aluminum Cans:Beverage cans were collected in offices and common break areas
and removed nightly for recycling.
Electronic Scrap:16,385 pounds of miscellaneous electronic scrap were
recycled from Kyocera Communications Inc. labs and offices.
Carbon Footprint Reduction:Fossil fuels used in the shipping process were
reduced through the ongoing adjustments to the distribution of products.
Cell Phones:Collection bins were placed in Kyocera facilities and links were
placed on the company's external Web site to encourage recycling of mobile
devices throughout the year, and especially as part of the company’s eWaste
recycling program benefitting Cell Phones for Soldiers.
More information about Kyocera Communications’ green programs, including its
ISO-14001 certifications for environmental management systems, is available at
www.kyocera-wireless.com. Information about Kyocera Corporation’s global
environmental and social responsibility efforts is available at
About Kyocera Communications Inc.
Kyocera Communications Inc. is the headquarters for Kyocera wireless devices
in the Americas. Designed with durability, dependability, and long-term value
as priorities, Kyocera mobile phones help people feel comfortable with new
technology and use it to connect, perform and outsmart life’s challenges. At
the heart of Kyocera’s products is a belief that one size doesn’t fit all and
that people should do more with phones instead of being confused by them or
having to alter their lifestyles to accommodate them. For more information,
follow the company at www.facebook.com/kyoceramobilephones or
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the
parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a
producer of fine (or “advanced”) ceramics. Kyocera specializes in combining
these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other
technologies, such as solar power generating systems, printers, copiers,
mobile phones, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools
and industrial components. During the year ended March 31, 2013, the company’s
net sales totaled 1.28 trillion yen (approx. USD13.6 billion).
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Kyocera Communications Inc.
John Chier, 858-882-3543
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