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ERI Featured in Wall Street Journal Article About Recycling the Forthcoming Surge of Cloud Data Center Equipment

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ERI, the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world’s largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, has been featured in a Wall Street Journal article about the mounting need for recycling of older servers as new cloud-based data center equipment is implemented.

The article, titled “Cloud Computing is Here. Cloud Recycling is Next,” describes the enormous amount of new technology being implemented to maintain cloud-based data, and the need for responsible recycling of the servers, processors and other data center equipment that is being replaced.

In the article, ERI is described as one of the companies at the forefront of recycling such devices, and ERI’s Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, John Shegerian is quoted throughout. In his comments, Shegerian describes the “earthshaking” volumes of devices in need of processing and talks about ERI’s use of AI-driven robotics to help meet that need.

“It’s an honor to once again be included as a resource for the Wall Street Journal and we applaud journalists like the Journal’s Rhiannon Hoyle who are following and reporting on these issues,” said Shegerian. “As the article notes, cloud servers typically have a lifespan of about three years, meaning that a huge amount of technology is about to make its way into the waste stream. Innovation is terrific and necessary, but is also one of the most significant factors in the enormous surge of e-waste that must be properly recycled from data protection and environmental standpoints.”

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