PLAINFIELD, Ind.--()--The Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts (AISWMD) joined Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler of electronics and e-waste, at ERI’s Plainfield facility today to celebrate the completion of an expansion project that created over 125 new local jobs and retained 20 more jobs.
“Electronic waste is the world’s fastest growing waste stream, making the proper recycling of electronics one of the country’s fastest growing industries, and our regional recycling hubs will expand aggressively to meet that need”
“It’s great to be able to bring more than 125 new green jobs to the people of Plainfield, and we’re really just getting started,” said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI, in town for the event. “It’s clearly a time where there are many seeking employment – especially in the growing green collar job market – and we are excited to be able to bring opportunities into the region. We look forward to continued growth with this significant, long-term operation in Plainfield that continues to prosper and provide local opportunities for years to come.”
In 2010, the California-headquartered ERI moved its Indiana operation from Indianapolis to Plainfield, and began a one-and-a-half-year expansion project, which brought the company’s workforce from 20 in early 2010 to 145 today. The expansion included the installation of two critical pieces of equipment – a state-of-the-art shredder and a proprietary cathode-ray-tube (CRT) dry cleaning system. This equipment enables ERI to safely and effectively process electronic waste at the Plainfield site, recycling the resulting glass, metals and plastics so they can find homes in new products across the country and around the world.
Several important factors played into ERI’s ability to grow its business in Indiana, including:
- An Indiana law enacted in 2009 requiring manufacturers of electronic devices to take responsibility for end-of-life management of the potentially toxic material (Indiana was the 19th state to pass a similar law covering proper disposal of electronic devices);
- A network of solid waste management districts that assist in the collection of electronic devices in communities and businesses across Indiana;
- A grant by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for new shredding equipment to enable further processing of the materials before sending to market; and
- Indiana’s central location to Midwest markets.
ERI takes electronics waste from communities, businesses and solid waste management districts across Indiana. ERI’s relationships with Indiana’s solid waste management districts allows for would-be toxins such as lead, mercury and cadmium to be managed in an environmentally-responsible manner, protecting public heath, air and water quality.
“We are pleased that the economic and environmental conditions in Indiana were ideal for ERI to grow their business and green jobs here in Indiana,” said Julie L. Rhodes, Executive Director for the Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts. “The 70 solid waste districts across the state rely on our relationships with private sector partners like ERI to offer programs for the safe and responsible management of items that take a would-be waste and convert it into value-added products. When you look at companies like ERI, you see that economic development and environmental protection can go hand in hand.”
“Electronic waste is the world’s fastest growing waste stream, making the proper recycling of electronics one of the country’s fastest growing industries, and our regional recycling hubs will expand aggressively to meet that need,” Shegerian added. “We pride ourselves on giving employees the ability to grow with the company and believe there will be tremendous opportunities here in Indiana, and beyond.”
Now the largest privately held recycler of electronic waste in the US, and the world’s first dual-certified electronic waste recycler, Fresno-headquartered Electronic Recyclers International is licensed to de-manufacture and recycle televisions, computer monitors, computers and other types of electronic equipment. ERI serves public sector clients via GSA contract GS-10F-0051Y and processes more than 160 million pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations in seven states, including Indiana, California, Washington, Colorado, Massachusetts, Texas and North Carolina. For more information about e-waste recycling and ERI, call 1-800-884-8466 or visit http://www.electronicrecyclers.com.
Established in 1992, the Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts works with the 70 solid waste districts across Indiana to promote responsible integrated waste management efforts, including solid and hazardous waste management, recycling, composting, disaster debris recovery, proper management of unwanted and outdated pharmaceuticals, and other waste streams, and by providing environmental education. Indiana’s solid waste districts are helping reduce waste and divert waste from landfills and incinerators through programs and services for the public, businesses, schools and others, and through partnerships with private sector waste haulers, recyclers and recycling industries. For more information, visit http://www.aiswmd.org.