Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste, was invited to participate in this year’s week-long meeting of E-Waste Academy – Scientists Edition (EWAS) in Shanghai, China last week.
Following four successful annual editions, this fifth EWAS event has been organized and overseen (as it has since its inception) by StEP (Solve the Ewaste Problem), a United Nations University initiative.
Funded in part by the EPA and a wide variety of academic institutions globally, EWAS 2014 brought together e-waste researchers from around the world, looking at solving the problem of e-waste from different disciplinary perspectives. The event took place from November 1 – 7 and was hosted by the Basel Convention Regional Centre of China in collaboration with the Shanghai Second Polytechnic University. The calendar of lectures and presentations was organized by United Nations University.
Mike Watson, ERI’s Strategic Account Director, helped kick off the week’s activities with a presentation on the economics of responsible, green e-waste recycling. Addressing the international audience of e-waste scholars and researchers, Watson shared ERI’s achievements as a result of its commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability.
“We were honored to have Mike represent us in China last week for this important event,” said ERI Chairman and CEO John Shegerian. “The responsible recycling of electronics is an issue that knows no national borders, in terms of importance. The planet’s increasing glut of electronic waste is a global problem that’s time for resolution is now. Properly disposing of electronic waste and the environmental hazards and digital privacy issues it presents has become the touchstone for a major industry with regional, national and international implications. It’s a rare privilege, too, to have Mike and ERI present alongside a diverse collection of other global thought leaders.”
For more information on the StEP initiative, visit http://www.step-initiative.org/index.php/Initiative_Principles.html.
Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the world’s largest privately held recycler of electronic waste, is e-Stewards and R2 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.
- Conservation Recycling
- electronic waste
- United Nations University
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