ERI is the nation’s largest e-waste recycling provider, and the only nationwide company to offer guaranteed data destruction. Using MyTrackTech, a proprietary tool developed by ERI, businesses and government organizations can track their devices throughout the entire recycling process, from registration to final disposition, and receive a Certificate of Destruction upon the device being destroyed.
ERI provides data destruction to all clients in a variety of manners:
Software Based Destruction:
Destroys data in accordance with the standard set forth by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD 5220.22M Specifications) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST 800-88 Guidelines for Media Sanitization).
Physical Data Destruction:
Destroys data utilizing ERI’s shredding technology. Guaranteed data destruction.
Database Security Management:
Video verification of destruction (i.e., live video feed).
When a device comes to ERI, it first assessed to determine if it can be refurbished, broken down for parts or, if it is so obsolete, it needs to be shredded. For items that can be refurbished or used for parts, ERI wipes these devices 7-10 times in accordance with Department of Defense standards, ensuring 100 percent of data is destroyed. The item is then either refurbished or broken down for parts, which are then used to repair other electronic devices.
If an item is deemed obsolete, ERI first removes any harmful or toxic items, such as batteries, bulbs and mercury and then shreds the device. ERI boasts the world’s largest and most sophisticated e-waste shredders, each of which is capable of destroying over 30,000 pounds of e-waste per hour. These shredders break down items into raw commodities, which are then sorted and recycled through downstream partners.
ERI takes data protection seriously. In addition to the shredding process, which destroys 100 percent of your device’s data, ERI operates surveillance cameras, metal detectors and third-party security at all ERI facilities, ensuring devices and data never leave an ERI facility. For companies and government organizations that require additional peace of mind, ERI offers on-site shredding at your location.
Did You Know?
Just 1 gigabyte of data can equal as many as 675,000 pages of information.
Most computer hard drives are 500GB, meaning they can contain up to 337.5 million pages of information!
MIT tested over 150 used hard drives and over 92% contained recoverable sensitive information including social security numbers, credit card numbers, medical records and more.
An average small data breach costs a company $3.5 million dollars.
The two most common causes of data breaches are viruses/malware & misappropriated e-waste.
Many states mandate e-waste recycling, and more companies are now starting to mandate data destruction for company devices.
Electronics are the fastest growing solid waste stream in the world.
E-waste can contain lead, mercury, cadmium and other hazardous materials which when improperly recycled can leach into the soil and groundwater.
More devices today contain sensitive data, from smartphones to computers to tablets and beyond. This data must be destroyed when a device is deemed obsolete, or the information can be obtained by e-waste data miners.
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ERI wipes devices 7-10 times in accordance with Dept. of Defense and National Institute of Standards and Technology standards before being sent to its state-of-the-art e-waste shredders. To further ensure the safety and security of client data, ERI offers video verification of process as well as a Certificate of Destruction.
ERI is the nation’s largest e-waste recycler, with eight facilities servicing every zip code nationwide. It doesn’t matter where a company, organization or individual is located, ERI is here to serve.
Electronic devices are assigned a serial number, enabling tracking from entry to final disposition using ERI’s proprietary technology, MyTrackTech™. Information regarding electronic devices can be accessed at any point in the destruction and recycling process, ensuring complete transparency and verifying all regulatory requirements have been met.
ERI was the first e-waste recycler in the U.S. to be dual-certified by e-Stewards and R2, demonstrating its continued commitment to maintaining the highest environmental standards.
No matter the type of organization or company, ERI can help safely and responsibly recycle electronic devices, offering add-on services such as glass cleaning, mail back, asset refurbishment, trailer staging, direct pick- up and white glove service, among others.