ERI has eight certified facilities in the United States, with an annual capacity to shred up to a billion pounds of electronics per year making ERI highest capacity in the industry by far. With over a million square feet of indoor-secured facility space and football field length shredders, ERI is unmatched in its ability to responsibly recycle electronics scrap (e-scrap).
ERI’s proprietary state-of-the-art e-scrap shredding, CRT glass cleaning systems, and flat panel video display device (LCD, LED, Plasma) processing technologies allow ERI to transform ach device into a commodity that is recycled.
Batteries and ink cartridges are removed from any applicable devices and recycled by ERI’s audited service providers.
All materials, other than video display devices, are processed in ERI’ s e-scrap shredding system – the largest and most technically advanced electronic shredding system in North America.
This process allows ERI to bring materials down to the separated commodity level such as plastic, metal, and glass. Resulting commodities are sent to downstream processors, all of which are audited and pre-approved through ERI’s rigorous Downstream Vendor Management Program.
ERI’s fully integrated operations with advanced proprietary technologies, allows ERI to have the smallest downstream footprint in the industry – that means reduced chain of custody issues and guarantees that no electronics will end up in a landfill or that inoperable electronics will be exported to developing countries.
Be Careful Who You Choose
Almost every website for e-recyclers claims that they are “zero landfill, zero export” companies.
In some jurisdictions it is against the law NOT to landfill certain byproducts of e-recycling, so they either don’t know the law, only use downstream recyclers and don’t understand e-recycling, or are simply omitting facts.
No one claims to export e-scrap to developing countries, but somehow massive amounts of e-scrap end up in Africa and Asia endangering the environment and especially the lives of children. BAN, an industry watchdog group, has an ongoing project to place trackers in electronics and has identified many e-recyclers who claim not to export, but do. Ironically and unfortunately, local governments, school systems, and non-profits are particularly vulnerable to being part of the damage to the planet and exposing children to toxic substances due to oftentimes awarding e-waste contracts to the lowest bidder.
Over 130 e-recycling locations in the United States have been fined, abandoned, gone bankrupt, or been caught exporting e-scrap to developing countries.
Also, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act gives the EPA the authority to control waste from the “cradle-to-grave”. The generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of waste is under the responsibility of the generator until the waste is disposed properly, so you cannot just contract your responsibility away.
ERI is the e-recycling partner you can trust.
ERI is the largest fully integrated electronics & IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company in the United States.
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.
The ERI Advantage
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ERI wipes devices in accordance with Department of Defense (DOD) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 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, and partners around the globe. 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.