Best of Earth911 Podcast: ERI CEO John Shegerian on Building a Circular E-waste Economy

Best of Earth911 Podcast: ERI CEO John Shegerian on Building a Circular E-waste Economy

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E-waste recycling falls woefully in need of the degrees crucial to cut back the necessity for mining and producing new raw materials that contain toxins that ceaselessly attain the atmosphere. We talked with John Shegerian, co-founder and CEO of ERI, a Fresno, Calif.-based e-waste recycler with eight U.S. processing places that serve each ZIP code within the nation and partnerships with recycling firms in 40 international locations. John explains how ERI manages recycled electronics, the significance of selecting R2– and e-Stewards-certified electronics recyclers, and the way the Basel Convention on delivery e-waste will be improved. We additionally talk about how retailers and know-how producers can take part in a closed-loop, regional recycling system to dramatically improve e-waste recycling.

John Shegerian, co-founder and CEO of ERI
John Shegerian, co-founder and CEO of ERI, is our visitor on Sustainability in Your Ear.

ERI has launched what it calls probably the most complete e-waste monitoring platform to allow full transparency into the deposition of the supplies it collects. Called the ESG Impact Report and Calculator, the software supplies accountability relating to environmental efficiency and the private knowledge on digital gadgets it recycles. John identified in ERI’s 2020 ESG report that nearly each machine we use at this time — from PCs and smartphones to video doorbells and smartwatches — can carry private knowledge that may doubtlessly fall out of our management and into the fingers of hackers who may use it to steal identities, launch ransomware assaults, or just publish one thing embarrassing on the internet. Send ERI an email to obtain a replica of their ebook, The Insecurity of Everything, to discover ways to erase private knowledge safely earlier than recycling a PC, laptop, smartphone, or other smart devices. You can find out about ERI at

This podcast initially aired on October 10, 2022.