Joint Effort by ERI, New York City and Manufacturers Exceeds 10
Million Pound Mark
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In a joint press conference held yesterday by the New York City
Department of Sanitation (DSNY), ERI
and proactive manufacturers, it was announced that the City’s
groundbreaking e-cycleNYC (www.nyc.gov/ecycle)
has collected and recycled more than 10 million pounds of electronic
waste from city residents.
Now serving over 2.3 million New Yorkers, the program is a
public-private partnership between DSNY and ERI. Fully funded by
electronics manufacturers, the program is free for NYC taxpayers and
Today’s event, held at Strivers Gardens in Manhattan, and announcement
of the 10 million pounds of e-waste collected and recycled, marked a
successful benchmark and progress report for the fast-growing program.
“We are honored to have co-created this constructive collaboration and
this historic and successful partnership with the great city of New York
and forward-thinking manufacturers such as Samsung, VIZIO and LG,” said
John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI. “That we have now collected
more than 10 million pounds of electronic waste from New York City
residents for responsible, effective recycling is a huge accomplishment.
Plus, the program now serves more than 2.3 million New Yorkers – more
than a quarter of the New York City population. As someone who was born
and raised here, it’s a humbling and rewarding experience to be able to
help so many in our city do the right thing and responsibly recycle
their e-waste – the fastest growing waste stream in the world today –
and keep millions of pounds of toxic electronics out of New York
Also in attendance at the press event were DSNY Commissioner Kathryn
Garcia; Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer; Strivers Gardens
Condominium Board President Mychal Namphy; Housing Works CEO Andrew
Greene; and Head of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs at Samsung,
“We at Samsung Electronics America are proud to have played a role,
alongside DSNY, ERI and our fellow manufacturers, to help the people of
New York City become more environmentally responsible by offering them a
convenient opportunity to safely recycle their electronics,” said
Newton. “Sustainability is a fundamental component of Samsung’s business
and we are committed to offering free and convenient recycling through
important initiatives like e-cycleNYC and through a network of fixed
collection sites, regional collection events, retail partnerships,
product trade-in offerings and mail back programs. We look forward to
celebrating the next ten million pounds of collected e-waste.”
“VIZIO is pleased to partner with ERI in New York City and applauds ERI
and its partners in New York for their work in collecting over 10
million pounds of end-of-life consumer electronics from New York City
residents,” added Caitlin Sanchez of VIZIO.
“The e-cycleNYC program represents the most innovative and comprehensive
electronics recycling service offered in the nation,” said Sanitation
Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “The program is a true partnership with
support from manufacturers as well as both labor and property owners.
We’re proud to have set an example for the entire nation and look
forward to the continued success of this important initiative.”
“We are very thankful to our partners ERI and the New York City
residents, who enabled us to reach this milestone,” said Sanitation
Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “With 2.3 million residents having access
to e-cycleNYC, together we have ensured 10 million pounds of potentially
harmful electronics are recycled correctly.”
Since the average American household owns 28 electronic devices, and 55
percent of households in New York City have no vehicle access to unload
their e-waste, there is clearly a need for such a program.
Shegerian added that he hopes this paradigm achieved in New York City
will serve as an inspiration for all cities in the U.S. and around the
“New York City can be seen as a workable model for how such partnerships
can lead to tremendous results, ultimately making the world a much
better place,” he said.
With the program, New York City-area buildings with at least 10 units
can receive on-site pickup of stored electronics, including TVs,
monitors, computers, laptops, small servers, printers/scanners,
tablets/e-readers, mobile phones, MP3 players, VCRs/DVRs/DVD players,
video game consoles, cable/satellite boxes, fax machines, keyboards,
mice and hard drives.
Depending on the size and type of building, a variety of service options
are available, including storage bins, room clean-outs and building
events. Other disposal options include household special waste drop-off
sites, SAFE Disposal events, and NYC’s pilot curbside program in Staten
Island. Buildings, management companies or residents that want to learn
more about electronics recycling in NYC can visit www.nyc.gov/ecycle.
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.eridirect.com.
Paul Williams, 310/569-0023