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ERI Chairman and CEO Gives Talk on Best Practices in Electronic Waste for Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership

March 18, 2015 | By Business Wire News


John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste, presented on the subject of best practices in the handling of electronic waste at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Invited to present by the Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL), Shegerian discussed how through innovation and a commitment to sustainability, ERI has successfully developed solutions to the growing issue of effectively and responsibly recycling electronic waste. He also shared best practices in waste management for devices and equipment that is no longer useful as technology but can be toxic if simply dumped into landfills.

In the talk, which took place at Wharton’s Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Shegerian also discussed ERI’s and IGEL’s recent announcement that the two entities have engaged in an open knowledge exchange regarding sustainability, industry and community leadership.

With a program committed to cultivating innovation, IGEL promotes knowledge for business sustainability through world-class research and an open dialogue between academic, corporate, government and non-government organizations.

“Working with John Shegerian and the team at ERI is rewarding in a number of ways,” said Joanne Spigonardo, Senior Associate Director of Business Development of Wharton’s IGEL. “Not only is our collaboration yielding practical real world results and cutting edge solutions for problems like curbing the glut of e-waste entering our waste stream, but the relationship also opens the door to information exchanges such as today’s insightful talk from John right here at Wharton.”

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to be able to share our experience with the great brain trust at IGEL here at the legendary Wharton School,” said Shegerian. “Based on our shared commitment to sustainability and the preservation of natural resources, we have formed an instant connection that is sure to fuel positive change. I applaud Joanne and the team at IGEL for constantly engaging the faculty and student populations here, and the world at large, with forward-looking seminars and programs such as this one.”

Shegerian will also appear as a guest expert discussing electronic waste recycling on the “Knowledge@Wharton” segment featured on Sirius Wharton Radio.

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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

For Electronic Recyclers International
Paul Williams, 310-569-0023


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