ERI Becomes First Electronics Recycler to Adopt Basel Action Networks EarthEye e-waste Tracking System

ERI,
the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world’s
largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, has
announced that it has become the recycling industry’s first adopter of
Basel Action Network’s (BAN’s) innovative new EarthEye
tracking system.

EarthEye offers real-time logistics monitoring to government agencies
and businesses concerned about the possibility of data-security breaches
from the theft of data from discarded equipment; unauthorized exports to
substandard recycling operations in developing countries; and brand
damage from lack of accountability and downstream due-diligence. Without
having to go anywhere, EarthEye in effect, provides a downstream
performance audit every 24 hours.

“We’re proud to welcome ERI as the first recycling industry organization
to demonstrate its leadership by pioneering the use of this
ground-breaking due-diligence technology,” said Jim Puckett, Executive
Director of BAN. “In this day and age, really bad things can happen if
you don’t know precisely where your old electronics end up. Our tracking
studies have shown that there are just too many risks and too many
so-called recyclers willing to take them. It is vital therefore that any
company verify vendor promises.”

Industry investigations have shown that 48% of hard disks and
solid-state drives found in used computers sold online contain private
residual data. And BAN’s own studies have
shown that 40% of the tracked devices given over to electronics
recyclers were sent offshore to developing countries rather than being
recycled in the USA as claimed by the contracted recyclers.

BAN’s tracking techniques have already led to federal indictments,
convictions, and prosecutions for both fraud and environmental crimes,
including by companies once used by many Fortune 500 companies. These
include Diversified Recycling in Georgia, Executive Recycling in
Colorado, Intercon Solutions in Illinois, and Total Reclaim in
Washington.

Because traditional audits, inspections and diligent compliance officers
alone cannot always prevent bad actors from jeopardizing a company’s
reputation and resources, BAN developed EarthEye to help organizations
detect fraud or contractual violations after the auditors have gone home.

“BAN’s tracking systems to date have repeatedly proven to be well ahead
of the curve and genuine game changers in the ITAD industry,” said Aaron
Blum, ERI’s Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance
Officer. “With EarthEye we will be able to show our customers, the
industry and the world that we are always leaders in terms of
innovation, responsibility and transparency — and that we are once
again on the cutting edge of downstream due diligence, environmental
stewardship, and data security.”

“As we continue to pioneer new technologies and solutions into 2019 and
beyond,” added Blum, “it is cutting-edge partnerships like what we have
established with BAN that have kept us the world leader in electronic
recycling, ITAD and hardware data destruction.”

About Basel Action Network

Founded in 1997, the Basel Action Network is a 501(c)3 charitable
organization of the United States, based in Seattle, WA. BAN is the
world’s only organization focused on confronting the global
environmental justice and economic inefficiency of toxic trade and its
devastating impacts. Today, BAN serves as the information clearinghouse
on the subject of waste trade for journalists, academics, and the
general public. Through its investigations, BAN uncovered the tragedy of
hazardous electronic waste dumping in developing countries. For more
information, see www.BAN.org.

About ERI

ERI, the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the
world’s largest ITAD and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction
company, is certified
to de-manufacture and recycle every type of electronic waste in an
environmentally responsible manner. ERI processes more than 275 million
pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations, serving every
zip code in the United States. For more information about e-waste
recycling and ERI, call 1-800-ERI-DIRECT or visit https://eridirect.com.

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