ERI and City of New York Receive Harvard’s Bright Ideas Award for e-cycleNYC Program

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New York City’s groundbreaking e-cycleNYC (
program, a joint effort by the New York City Department of Sanitation
(DSNY), ERI, and proactive manufacturers, has been named a recipient of
the Ash Center’s Government Innovators Network “Bright Ideas”
designation. The Bright Ideas awards are designed to highlight
noteworthy and promising government programs and practices from across
the nation to serve as a catalyst in the adoption of innovative ideas by
government entities.

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is the branch of
the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University that
fosters creative and effective government problem solving and has
developed a marketplace of ideas and examples of government innovation.

The e-cycleNYC program is a public-private partnership between DSNY and ERI.
Fully funded by electronics manufacturers, the program is free for NYC
taxpayers and participating buildings.

“We are honored that this labor of love has been designated a ‘Bright
Idea’ by the esteemed experts at the Harvard Kennedy School,” said John
, Chairman and CEO of ERI. “We 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 and LG in an attempt to help fulfill a need. That we now
regularly provide responsible, effective recycling for millions of New
Yorkers’ electronic waste is a huge accomplishment. It’s a humbling and
rewarding experience to be able to help so many in our city do the right
thing and collect and responsibly recycle their e-waste – the fastest
growing waste stream in the world today – and keep toxic electronics out
of New York landfills.”

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 new paradigm achieved in New York
City will serve as an inspiration for all cities in the U.S. and around
the world.

“Government leaders, public servants, and other individuals can learn
about these efforts and adopt those initiatives that can work in their
own communities,” reported the Ash Center.

“New York City can now be held up as a workable model for how such
partnerships can lead to tremendous results, ultimately making the world
a much better place,” added Shegerian.

The recognition is the latest in a long line of awards ERI has received
for its contributions to sustainability and societal problem-solving,
including the Green Industry Hall of Fame’s Lifetime Achievement Award,
the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Technology, The Harold Zinkin
Award for Innovative Entrepreneurship, the OSHA Gold Circle Award, the
California Waste Reduction Award (multiple time winner), the “Innovator
of the Year” award from the International Electronics Recycling
Conference & Expo (IERCE), the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award,
presented by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Committee, and
the “Recycler of the Year” and “Industry Pioneer” awards from the IERCE.

With the e-cycleNYC 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. Buildings, management companies or residents that want to learn
more about electronics recycling in NYC, can visit

For more information on general recycling and electronic data
destruction needs, visit,,,

ERI, the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world’s
largest IT asset disposition (ITAD) and 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


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