FRESNO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#EPA–Nine electronics industry manufacturing and retail leaders have received formal recognition this year from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge Awards. The awards were announced last week and presented to industry leaders who exhibited significant commitment to sustainable materials management and recycling electronics responsibly in 2021.

Of the nine companies honored by the EPA with a “Gold Tier” designation, the highest level of commendation for the program, which acknowledges exemplary, well-developed sustainability programs, all nine achieved their sustainability goals while working with ERI in various different capacities. ERI is the nation’s leading fully integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company.

The nine Gold Tier award winners included (alphabetical list):

  • Dell Technologies
  • LG Electronics USA, Inc.
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Sony Electronics, Inc.
  • Staples
  • TCL North America
  • T-Mobile
  • VIZIO, Inc.
  • Xerox Corporation

Dell Technologies and LG Electronics USA, Inc. also won Sustainable Materials Management Electronics Challenge “Champion” Awards from the EPA. Dell Technologies and Samsung Electronics also won a special “Sustained Excellence” award for ongoing exemplary e-waste recycling practices over the years.

Electronics Challenge participants kept hundreds of thousands of tons of electronics from being sent to landfills by sending them to third-party certified recyclers such as ERI.

“We are proud and honored to partner with our friends and colleagues at these nine outstanding electronics industry leaders to help them reach and exceed the top standards of sustainability while accomplishing ESG and circular economy goals,” said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI. “All of these trailblazing companies continue to set new standards of excellence for the industry on a global level – and it is hugely rewarding for ERI to be playing a role in their success.”

ERI is the largest fully integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company in the United States. ERI is certified at the highest level by all leading environmental and data security oversight organizations to de-manufacture, recycle, and refurbish every type of electronic device in an environmentally responsible manner. ERI has the capacity to process more than a billion pounds of electronic waste annually at its eight certified locations, serving every zip code in the United States. ERI’s mission is to protect people, the planet and privacy. For more information about e-waste recycling and ERI, call 1-800-ERI-DIRECT or visit


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