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ERI’s Circular Economy Collaboration with Best Buy and HP Featured in Closing the Material Loop Report

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

ERI, the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world's largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, is featured in a new report published by the Upcyclers Network, Closing the Material Loop-How Innovators from the Public and Private Sector are Creating Value from Waste. ERI’s work in collaboration with Best Buy and HP is featured in a section of the report titled “Closing the Loop for Printers.”

The report features over 15 case studies contributed by corporate, non-profit, and public sector leaders who understand the economic and environmental imperative to valuing waste as a resource. By shining a spotlight on organizations and partnerships that have created successful programs and business models to recover and reuse materials, the report aims to inspire more communities and businesses to take a proactive role in utilizing discarded materials.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be featured in this important report and to help other organizations realize the value in using recovered materials,” said John Shegerian, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of ERI. “It is through collaborative efforts such as our innovative work described in this report with our friends at Best Buy and HP, that bring the Circular Economy concept to center stage as vital, proactive, solution-based opportunities that benefit people, businesses and the planet.”

Featured public sector and non-profit organizations include CalRecycle, the City of Austin, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, Kent County, the City of Phoenix, the Southeast Recycling Development Council, Lonely Whale, NextWave, the Resource Solutions Innovation Network, and the US Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Besides ERI, featured private sector organizations include Aquafil, the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Best Buy, Circular Solutions Advisors, Dell, Ecoculture Manufacturing Corp, Ecologic Brands, ECOR, HP, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Oxnard Pallet Company, UNIFI, Up Cycle it Now, and The Super Bowl.

“Given the recent negative media attention and market disruption around recycling, it’s more important now than ever to shine a light on solutions that are keeping our materials and resources in use,” said Gina Lee, Founder of the Upcyclers Network. “We have a real opportunity to support domestic manufacturers, create jobs, and lessen our environmental footprint if we can transform our perception of waste. This report provides real-life guidance on how to accomplish this.”

With global consumer spending expected to double by 2030, there is an urgent need to secure resources as well as develop new production models that fit within our planetary constraints.

“ERI is proud to be on the forefront of building the material supply chain of the future and we hope to inspire other organizations to join us in building a circular economy,” added Shegerian.

About the Upcyclers Network

The goal of the Upcyclers Network is to support the creation of a sustainable global economy. One where materials are kept in circulation and waste is seen as a resource. Our vision is to promote demand for recycled, recovered, and discarded material by amplifying the impact of businesses and organizations that rely on waste as their feedstock. Together, we will challenge our current production model and support the transition to a circular economy. Visit www.upcyclersnetwork.org for more information.

About ERI

ERI is the largest fully integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company in the United States. ERI is certified at the highest level by all leading environmental and data security oversight organizations to de-manufacture, recycle, and refurbish every type of electronic device in an environmentally responsible manner. ERI has the capacity to process more than a billion pounds of electronic waste annually at its eight certified locations, serving every zip code in the United States. ERI’s mission is to protect organizations, people and the environment. For more information about e-waste recycling and ERI, call 1-800-ERI-DIRECT or visit https://eridirect.com.

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