SAN DIEGO – Kyocera Communications Inc. today received the "2016 Recycler of the Year" award from the City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department (ESD) for its outstanding recycling and waste reduction efforts. This is the ninth time Kyocera has been named Recycler of the Year and the 16th consecutive year the company has received a recycling award from the City of San Diego. Kyocera has earned a total of 24 environmental awards from the City – more than any other San Diego company.
As part of its ongoing environmental-awareness initiatives, Kyocera is today holding its fourth annual Earth Expo. Open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the event features more than 55 Earth-friendly organizations exhibiting their products and services under the "Solar Grove" at Kyocera's North American headquarters (8611 Balboa Ave., San Diego, CA).
"Kyocera has a global philosophy and commitment to social responsibility, and here in San Diego, we strive to set a strong example," said Chuck Becher, vice president and general manager of sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications. "We believe the stewardship of San Diego's environment is the responsibility of the companies who conduct business here, and we are greatly honored to be recognized by the City of San Diego for our leadership and ongoing dedication to environmental initiatives."
In its fiscal year that ended March 31, Kyocera Communications recycled 92 percent of the waste it generated, including paper, plastic, electronic and other waste materials otherwise destined for landfills. As part of Kyocera's ongoing commitment to the environment, the company also established a national cell phone recycling program, which is free to consumers wishing to dispose of unused mobile phones of any brand. The program is facilitated by SecondWave Recycling, a socially responsible organization that facilitates free phone recycling to support charities. For every four phones recycled for their raw materials, a donation of $1 is made to Cell Phones For Soldiers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. A longstanding supporter of Cell Phones For Soldiers, recycling proceeds from Kyocera's recycling efforts have provided more than 50,000 minutes of long-distance service for members of the U.S. military.
Information about sustainability efforts and achievements at Kyocera Communications Inc. is available at kyoceramobile.com/sustainability. For additional information about Kyocera Corporation's global environmental and social responsibility efforts, visit http://global.kyocera.com/company/csr.
About Kyocera Communications, Inc.
Kyocera Communications, Inc. is the headquarters for Kyocera-branded wireless devices in the Americas. It is part of the global Kyocera Group, which was founded in 1959 and is a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, copiers, printers, solar power generating systems, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. With a 56-year history of quality and innovation, Kyocera is the U.S. market leader in durable and waterproof mobile devices for consumers and enterprises. Kyocera uniquely combines Military Standard 810G-certified ruggedization and enterprise-grade security and application support with consumer-tier pricing and availability from the nation's leading wireless service providers. For more information, follow the company at facebook.com/KyoceraMobile or twitter.com/kyoceramobile.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO) (TOKYO: 6971) (global.kyocera.com), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, mobile phones, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2015, the company's net sales totaled 1.53 trillion yen (approx. USD12.7 billion). Kyocera appears on the latest listing of the "Top 100 Global Innovators" by Thomson Reuters, and is ranked #531 on Forbes magazine's 2014 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.
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