News | June 13, 2018

ERI Shares The State Of E-Waste Disposal At Harvard University IT Summit


David Hirschler, Director of OEM, Sustainability and Legislative Affairs for ERI, the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world's largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, shared insights about the state of electronic recycling as part of a panel discussion at the 8th annual Harvard University IT Summit at Harvard last week.

Hirschler joined a group of other noted electronic waste experts for the panel titled “What Happens to Electronic Waste at Harvard and Beyond?” The moderated panel of Harvard’s preferred vendors and other innovators in the electronic waste industry discussed what happens once discarded electronics leave Harvard’s campus – or any business or home in general. Topics discussed included e-waste repair vs. recycling; where disposed e-waste gets shipped to; potential health impacts on workers and communities further down the process; and what new innovations exist in the industry. The panel was moderated by Dr. Diana Ceballos, a research scientist and professor at Harvard, and David Havelick, Harvard’s Sustainability Manager.

“It was an honor to have been invited to participate in this important discussion about the current state of electronic waste recycling,” said Hirschler. “The world of electronic recycling continues to evolve and shift and it is vitally important that we stay ahead of the needs if we are to effectively manage the continuously mounting surge of unwanted electronics. It’s an environmental issue as well as a digital privacy issue, so it’s gratifying that one of the world’s leading lights in education is addressing it in such a proactive and forward-thinking way at the summit.”

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

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