GOING ALL-IN ON ELECTRONICS RECYCLING WITH JOHN SHEGERIAN
As technology proliferates on a global scale, electronic waste is becoming an ever-growing, increasingly complicated problem at the nexus of environmental and social issues. When electronics are thrown away, toxic minerals such as cadmium and lead leak into groundwater. Many of these devices also store sensitive information, such as social security numbers and credit card information, which is often-times recoverable on a device’s hard drive.
Tackling this problem head-on is John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI and ERI’s subsidiaries, RecycleNation.com and UrbanMining.org. Under Shegerian’s leadership, ERI has become the fastest and largest electronic waste recycler in the world. With a license to de-manufacture and recycle everything from computers to drones, ERI has developed and now houses the largest e-waste shredder in the world. The company processes more than 275 million pounds of electronic waste annually here in the US and has plans to expand its reach internationally. We discussed the issues surrounding electronic waste with Shegerian, as well as leadership, work-life balance, and the importance of going all-in.
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