ERI leads the way in responsible e-waste recycling and data destruction
Electronic waste often contains valuable raw materials such as gold, silver, copper, platinum, cobalt, nickel, palladium and other high-value recoverable materials. When handled in developing countries in environmentally hazardous ways, including burning appliances rather than recycling, many valuable products are lost and never recovered. This process creates health and environmental hazards, especially in Ghana, home to the world’s largest e-waste landfill.
John Shegerian, President and CEO of ERI, a leading global IT and electronic asset disposal provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, knows that irresponsible handling and disposal electronic waste will have a massive negative impact on our health and the environment. And could also expose the data contained in these devices to cybercriminals.
In parts of Africa lacking the essential technology or appropriate resources to safely dispose of e-waste, collected waste is inefficiently burned, resulting in toxic materials seeping into rivers, streams and streams. oceans where they harm the environment. The plumes of smoke pollute the air and are full of toxic materials from plastics and chemicals in electronic devices.
“The improper disposal of e-waste in developing countries has created a global sustainability crisis, while strongly affecting the health of community members living around these areas and beyond,” Shegerian said.
Another critical concern that Shegerian highlights is the vulnerability of the data contained on these discarded electronic devices.
“These devices contain gigabyte after gigabyte of data, not all of which is properly destroyed, seriously endangering the privacy of individuals, businesses and even government entities around the world.”
Rather than recycling devices responsibly and disposing of data appropriately, Shegerian explains that many dodgy disposal companies are more focused on quick profits and the immediate value they can get from e-waste. whether it’s raw materials or data mining, which is often sold to the highest bidder.
In North America, Shegerian and ERI have established a model solution that can be replicated globally.
“ERI maintains and operates eight facilities in the United States that are triple certified to the highest levels of environmental and data destruction standards through R2 certification, e-Steward status, and NAID AAA certification. What these designations mean, c “is that e-waste is moved responsibly from one point to another following strict and regularly audited standards and guidelines. It also assures users that data collected from these devices is properly destroyed,” he explained.
Another advantage of these certifications is that they act as regulators, often sending geotagged devices to monitor the location of e-waste and monitor their proper processes. In other words, to ensure that they do not end up in a developing country where the destruction of these devices is not properly managed.
In addition to properly recycling devices and destroying the data they contain, ERI is also offering clients a new proprietary software technology tool called the ESG Impact Calculator – a first-of-its-kind initiative that empowers client organizations to change radically transparently report the reduced emissions impact that responsible recycling of their devices has on the environment. With the ERI ESG Impact Calculator, ERI customers have a tangible tool to report to their stakeholders and the general public on their genuine sustainability efforts when recycling their old electronics and destruction of data from their old equipment.
In terms of data protection, ERI also offers unique peace of mind to its customers.
“When a device is recycled responsibly, part of that process should always include the complete and physical destruction of the data,” Shegerian said. “The unethical and illegal shipment of e-waste overseas has become an additional layer to the hardware security problem, as it leads to the complete liquidation of national security and corporate privacy and Recycling these devices is important, but it must be done the right way.
As the world continues to grapple with the ever growing problem of e-waste which is literally increasing day by day, ERI continues to see record growth year on year as more and more companies and individuals take responsibility for responsibly recycling their electronic devices, whether for environmental, regulatory or data protection reasons. Shegerian predicts that by the end of this decade, not only will the volume of newly sold electronics reach record highs, but so will the volume of responsibly recycled electronics.