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May 9, 2019 15:50 UTC

ERI Featured in Wall Street Journal Coverage of Secure Tech Recycling Surge in Wake of GDPR Rules

NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--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 Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws.

The article, titled “EU Rule Prompts Security-Focused Tech Recycling at U.S. Companies,” describes the pressing need among American businesses for specialized data destruction to ensure their hardware is fully stripped of any personal data when recycled, and the massive fines that can be applied when companies violate GDPR standards.

A photograph of ERI’s A.I.-driven shredding technology illustrates the article, which also includes a description of ERI’s mobile shredding services for companies that don’t want any of the hardware to leave their facilities. It also includes multiple expert quotes on the subject from ERI Co-Founder and Executive Chairman John Shegerian. In his comments, Shegerian describes the increase in demand for privacy protection, and data destruction as being at “…a velocity like nothing we’ve ever seen before.”

“It’s an honor to be included as a resource for the Wall Street Journal and we applaud journalists like the Journal’s Catherine Stupp who are following and reporting on these issues,” said Shegerian. “Already faced with environmental regulations on a global level, companies must now also be kept current on data privacy laws, such as GDPR, which is one of the most significant factors in the enormous surge of e-waste that must be properly recycled from a data protection standpoint.”

Also quoted in the article is Robert Johnson, CEO of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), who shared that over the past two decades, regulation has prompted steady growth in the number of U.S. businesses using data-destruction services – moving the practice “from the basement to the boardroom.”

All eight of ERI’s facilities have received AAA certification – the highest global standard of data destruction – from NAID.

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

Media contact: Paul Williams, 310/569-0023,

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