In light of recent investigative news reports unveiling illegal and unethical shipments of e-waste overseas by Washington state-based recyclers of electronics, the nation’s leading electronics recycler is stepping up to the plate for Washingtonians.
ERI, the nation’s leading recycler of electronics and IT asset disposition (ITAD) service organization, maintains eight state-of-the-art e-waste recycling centers, including one in Sumner, Washington.
ERI has been providing comprehensive electronic waste recycling services for Washington State businesses and individuals since 2009 and was the first recycler in the state to be R2 and BAN certified. ERI is also the only BAN e-stewards certified recycler in the Washington Materials Management and Financing Authority program. In fact, ERI is the only certified e-steward in the entire state of Washington that maintains its own glass cleaning, comprehensive shredding and data destruction technology in-house.
ERI recently moved its Washington location from Auburn to a larger facility in Sumner to accommodate growth and demand. ERI’s Sumner location is located at 3901 150th Ave. Ct. East, Suite 200 and maintains public e-waste receiving hours Monday through Friday from 8 am – 3 pm. Anyone can easily get information by contacting 1-800-ERI-DIRECT (374-3473).
Earlier this year, as part of its ongoing e-Trash Transparency Project, which installed and deployed more than 200 electronic tracking devices in old computer printers and monitors and then tracked them across the globe, the Basel Action Network (BAN) announced that the tracker data it received revealed a number of Washington State recyclers implicated in exporting toxic, non-functional electronic scrap equipment to locations in China in likely violation of Chinese law, recycling certification programs, and state and county policies.
The first report in BAN’s e-Trash Transparency Project, entitled Disconnect, was released on May 9th together with PBS’s NewsHour documentary, “The Circuit.” In the PBS documentary, ERI’s John Shegerian was featured as an industry leader and expert. . ERI’s innovative technology, dual certified process and green facilities continue to set a high bar of ethics and responsibility while providing Washington residents and businesses with peace of mind as they themselves try to do the right thing by recycling their electronics.
“The need to get rid of unwanted or outdated consumer electronics is a constant,” said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI. “So the concurrent needs for environmental responsibility and certified data destruction are more important than ever. It’s genuinely rewarding to be able to continue to help so many people and businesses in the great state of Washington do the right thing by recycling their e-waste and keeping toxic electronics out of landfills.”
Shegerian also noted that ERI currently provides the only dually certified nationwide solution offering 100 percent guaranteed data destruction for consumer electronics devices, e-waste, and hardware.
ERI, the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world's largest IT asset disposition (ITAD) and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, is certified to de-manufacture and recycle every type of electronic waste in an environmentally friendly manner. ERI processes more than 275 million pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations, serving every zip code in the United States. For more information about e-waste recycling and ERI, call 1-800-ERI-DIRECT or visit