Two New Cell Phone Collection Boxes Installed at Fifth Third Bank Buildings;
Bank Expands Participation in Cincinnati Zoo's Project Saving Species
Cincinnati – Fifth Third Bank has expanded its participation in the Cincinnati Zoo's Project Saving Species cell phone recycling program by accepting two additional collection boxes for placement at its George A. Schaefer, Jr. Operations Center and the Madisonville Office Building.
The Bank accepted the boxes from Eagle Scout and Seven Hills High School student Benjamin Murray, who created them for his Eagle Scout project after learning about the zoo's successful Project Saving Species program. Project Saving Species keeps cell phones out of the environment to reduce threats to human health and recover and recycle coltan, a mineral mined in gorilla habitats.
Since 2011, the Bank's employees and Information Technology department have donated more than 3,400 obsolete cell phones and Blackberry devices to the project by making it easy to donate using a cell phone collection box located at Fifth Third Center downtown.
"Corporate partners like Fifth Third Bank are critical to the success of the Project Saving Species program," said Cincinnati Zoo Chief Operating Officer Dave Jenike. "The 3,400 actions already taken by Fifth Third and its employees give us hope even more gorillas can be helped by expanding the program and raising awareness further."
The two collection boxes created by Murray are made from cuts of pine lumber, painted green, and adorned with professional Project Saving Species graphics. Employees at the Bank's 5,000-employee campus will now be able to join the Company's downtown employees in participating in the cell phone recycling effort.
Paul Moore, senior vice president of Central Operations, said, "Fifth Third is proud to help raise awareness and provide our employees with a convenient way to recycle old cell phones that will help protect human health and conserve gorilla habitat."
More information on the Cincinnati Zoo's Saving Species program can be found at http://cincinnatizoo.org/savingspecies/. More information on Fifth Third Bank's efforts to be a responsible corporate citizen can be found at www.53.com/csrreport .
About Fifth Third Bancorp
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $121 billion in assets and operates 18 affiliates with 1,321 full-service Banking Centers, including 104 Bank Mart® locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,428 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 28% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of March 31, 2013, had $318 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $27 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq® National Global Select Market under the symbol "FITB." Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender .