Telecommunications companies are often some of the largest producers of e-waste, given the industry need for constant upgrades and the newest technology. But the rapid rate of innovation is shrinking the lifecycle of electronic devices and increasing the risk for data breaches and environmental missteps. In 2014, AT&T paid a $52 million settlement to close an e-cycle investigation, which alleged the company was improperly and illegally sending hazardous electronic waste to landfills.

Whether your telecommunications company is a fortune 500 like AT&T or a small startup, it’s important to have a reliable partner to help you safely and responsibly dispose of outdated technology when it is deemed obsolete. Beyond e-waste recycling being the safe and environmentally responsible thing to do, many electronic devices used in the telecommunications industry store personal and confidential data, which must be destroyed at end-of-life.

ERI is the nation’s largest e-waste recycling provider, and the only nationwide company to offer 100 percent guaranteed data destruction. Using Optech™, a proprietary tool developed by ERI, businesses can track their recyclable devices from the moment they are arrive at an ERI facility all the way to their final disposition. Optech™ will also provide you with a certificate of destruction, guaranteeing that the device’s data was 100% destroyed.

ERI Provides Three Main Types Of Data Destruction and Validation:

  • Software Based Destruction: Destroys data in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense (DOD 5220.22M Specifications) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST 800-88 Guidelines for Media Sanitization) standards.
  • Physical Data Destruction: Data is destroyed utilizing ERI’s state-of-the-art shredding technology, which guarantees data destruction.
  • Database Security Management Video verification of destruction (i.e. live video feed) as well as a Certificate of Destruction from Optech™ is available upon client request.

In addition to ensuring your device’s data is destroyed, ERI has a strong commitment to sustainability and the environment. As the first electronic recycler to be dual certified by e-Stewards and NAID AAA, ERI maintains a strict zero-export policy, guaranteeing your device is recycled – whether it is refurbished, repurposed or sent as raw commodities to our downstream partners.

While technology is changing faster than ever, you can always trust ERI to ensure your obsolete and outdated devices are wiped of 100 percent of the data they contain and safely recycled. For more information, call 1-800-ERI-DIRECT or complete the request a quote form to the right to speak with one of our recycling specialists.

ERI is the largest fully integrated Electronics & IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company in the United States.

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