Cellcom donates $30,527 to green initiatives through Green Gifts program

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Cellcom donates $30,527 to green initiatives through Green Gifts program

Green Bay, WI (October 27, 2022) – Cellcom is using old cell phones to invest in the local community. The wireless company has selected 32 non-profits to receive $30,527 in Green Gifts, which uses money generated from its handset recycling program to fund green non-profit initiatives. This year Cellcom’s Green Gifts are addressing environmental sustainability, supporting outreach and educational efforts, conserving local natural resources, and inspiring the next generation of environmental advocates.


“Cellcom is focused on reducing our negative impact on the environment and investing in projects in our communities that do the same. From preserving and enhancing natural areas to providing educational programming to spearheading sustainability and research efforts, this year’s Green Gift recipients are leading the way for environmental causes locally,” said Mick O’Malley, director of sustainability at Cellcom. “We’re proud to support the many nonprofits throughout our service area that are not only performing critical work for our environment but also inspiring the community to become environmental stewards.”


By recycling old devices Cellcom customers are partners in the Green Gifts program, protecting the environment and reinvesting in the community.


“By responsibly recycling smartphones and tablets with Cellcom at the end of their usable life, we’re able to keep harmful materials out of landfills and make a difference throughout northeast and central Wisconsin,” said O’Malley.


The 2022 Cellcom Green Gifts were awarded throughout Cellcom’s service area and included:

  • Baird Creek Preservation Foundation (Green Bay)
  • Berry Lake Property Owners Association (Gillett)
  • Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System – UW- Green Bay (Green Bay)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Portage County (Stevens Point)
  • Brown County Parks – Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve Suamico)
  • Camp Nicolet Foundation (Eagle River)
  • Community Clothes Project (Menasha)
  • Crossroads and Big Creek (Sturgeon Bay)
  • Environmental Park Trust of Sheboygan County (Sheboygan)
  • Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance (Appleton)
  • Friends of Rib Mountain State Park (Wausau)
  • Glacial Lakes Conservancy (Sheboygan)
  • Glacierland Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. (Green Bay)
  • Green Bay Botanical Garden (Green Bay)
  • Green Bay Sail & Paddle (Green Bay)
  • Heckrodt Wetland Reserve (Menasha)
  • Jorgens Park Preserve (Scandinavia)
  • Manitowoc Public School District – Rahr Memorial School Forest (Manitowoc)
  • Menominee Indian High School (Keshena)
  • Monk Botanical Gardens (Wausau)
  • Navarino Nature Center (Shawano)
  • New Leaf Foods, Inc. (Green Bay)
  • Newport Wilderness Society (Ellison Bay)
  • North Lakeland Discovery Center (Manitowish Waters)
  • Open Door Bird Sanctuary (Sturgeon Bay)
  • Pulaski FFA (Pulaski)
  • Shawano County Land Conservation Department (Shawano)
  • Trees for Tomorrow (Eagle River)
  • Waterways Association of Menominee and Shawano Counties
  • Waukechon 4H Club (Shawano)
  • Wild Instincts (Rhinelander)
  • Woodland Dunes Nature Center (Two Rivers)


Since 2004 Cellcom has offered a cell phone recycling program where customers can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Cellcom’s recycling program has generated $581,206 for local charities over the past 19 years. Consumers can contribute to the program by donating their old cell phones for recycling at any Cellcom retail location.


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Cellcom is an innovative wireless and broadband company that operates its own regional network to provide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. The company is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care and being a strong community partner. As a subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services. Learn more at www.cellcom.com.