Queens-Based SAFE Disposal Event Run by DSNY, ERI, and Veolia was Largest Collection Event of Its Kind in NYC History

NEW YORK--()--Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler of electronics, and the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) have announced that record-setting numbers are in from their joint NYC SAFE Disposal Event in Queens last month. The April 30th event, developed by DSNY in partnership with ERI and Veolia Environmental Services, was the largest collection event of its kind in New York City’s history.

“The need to get rid of unwanted or outdated consumer electronics is a constant”

The event saw a turnout of record proportions, as more than 3,100 vehicles and 1,730 pedestrians arrived to recycle responsibly their e-waste and other toxic household items. By the end of the event, 12 tractor-trailers were required to remove the 270,456 lbs. of electronics collected for recycling.

The SAFE Disposal events help NYC residents dispose of harmful household products safely and responsibly. DSNY, ERI, and Veolia host SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables and Electronics) Disposal Events ten times each year, in every borough of New York City. The successful Queens event will be followed by similar events at Orchard Beach in the Bronx on May 14th and at Columbia University in Manhattan on June 26th. Upcoming events are posted online at: www.nyc.gov/SAFEdisposal.

“Our SAFE Disposal Events give New Yorkers an opportunity to get potentially harmful household materials out of their homes and we help keep these items out of landfills,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “The events are quick and convenient, and as you can see by the extraordinary turn out for our most recent Queens event, they are very popular as well.”

As part of the SAFE events, ERI manages the collection, handling, and reuse or recycling of electronic waste. ERI responsibly recycles all of the e-waste collected at these events, guaranteeing data security and privacy destruction. Veolia collects, handles, and recycles or disposes of household hazardous waste; and DSNY's Environmental Police Unit takes control of the pharmaceuticals.

ERI has a long-term contract with the City of New York, with the cost of services covered by electronics manufacturers under the NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act.

“The need to get rid of unwanted or outdated consumer electronics is a constant,” said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI. “This record-busting event is proof of that. We are honored to participate in these important collaborations with the great City of New York and our friends at Veolia. That we now regularly provide events for the responsible recycling of electronics and other hazardous waste items for New Yorkers is a huge accomplishment. As someone who was born and raised in New York City, it’s genuinely rewarding to be able to help so many in our city do the right thing and collect and recycle their e-waste and keep toxic electronics out of landfills.”

Shegerian also noted that ERI currently provides the only dually certified nationwide solution offering 100 percent guaranteed data destruction for consumer electronics devices, e-waste, and hardware.

Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world's largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, is certified to de-manufacture and recycle every type of electronic waste in an environmentally friendly 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 www.electronicrecyclers.com.


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Electronic Recyclers International helped DSNY achieve the biggest e-waste collection event in NYC history.

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