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With SHIELD Act Signed Into Law, ERI Urges New York City Businesses to Responsibly Recycle Electronics and Destroy Data

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In the wake of the City of New York’s ambitious Zero Waste Initiative through the OneNYC program; and the State of New York ramping up its requirements on data security through the new SHIELD Act, now is as important a time as ever for NYC businesses to ensure they are safely and securely recycling their electronics and destroying their data. ERI, the nation’s leading fully integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, known for its wildly successful residential recycling program in New York City, is reminding companies that ERI is “open for business” too!

ERI serves as the recycler for the world’s most successful residential e-waste collection program, ecycleNYC. With ecycleNYC and other related programs run by ERI in conjunction with the City of New York now serving more than 4.4 million New Yorkers, ERI’s Co-Founder and Executive Chairman John Shegerian is reminding NYC companies of the urgently-needed services ERI provides.

With the New York State SHIELD Act that was recently signed into law, local businesses that manage customer data are also faced with heightened responsibility and a rapidly shifting legal landscape. The new legislation follows the GDPR trend of increasing who is covered under data protection regulations. For example, SHIELD covers all businesses with private information (as opposed to laws like HIPAA and GLB that cover specific business types).

ERI’s award-winning ecycleNYC and other related programs, which have now gathered more than 12,800 tons of discarded or unwanted electronic devices from New York residents for responsible recycling, are an example of ERI’s capabilities. ERI maintains eight state-of-the-art e-waste recycling centers, serving every zip code in the United States, and provides a comprehensive suite of business services that not only recycle electronics at the highest level of environmental and sustainability standards, but also provide guaranteed data destruction to help businesses remain within regulation and safe from hardware hackers.

“Businesses and government agencies are at greater risk than ever before for cyberattacks and hardware hacking, and with New York City and its business and financial infrastructure being primary targets for cybercriminals, we at ERI want to make it clear that we have the bandwidth to seamlessly take on these challenges and can supply New York City with any electronics recycling, ITAD and sustainability needs,” said Shegerian. “We are the only company in the United States that can provide a comprehensive suite of ITAD services servicing every zip code in the United States. We want the great city of New York, where we are best known for our groundbreaking residential program, to know that we are ‘open for business’ as well!”

Shegerian noted that ERI is certified by both R2 and Basel Action Network’s E-Stewards to de-manufacture, recycle and refurbish every type of electronic waste in an environmentally responsible manner. Plus, taking the standards to the next level, he added that, “ERI is also AAA certified by NAID – the highest standard of data destruction and privacy protection in the industry – at all of our facilities.”

“We know how important it is to businesses of all sizes to be able to partner with a responsible, sustainable, and fully certified electronics recycler and data destruction company they can trust,” added Shegerian. “We want New York-based businesses to know that ERI is here to assist you. Please contact our team of professionals at or 1-800-ERI-DIRECT. Our team is standing by, ready to help with all electronics recycling, ITAD, and sustainability needs.”

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