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 each 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.