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ERI to Team with Girl Up New York Regional Coalition for Series of E-Waste Collection Events in Manhattan Area

Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste, is teaming up with the Girl Up New York Regional Coalition to provide a series of free electronic waste collection and recycling events for local Manhattan residents. Profits from the collection, reconditioning and resale of all the electronics collected will directly benefit Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation.

The initial event will be held from March 4-9 at the Hewitt School in Manhattan, NY. Additional schools holding concurrent collection events will be announced soon. At all participating schools, unwanted cell phones, tablets, notebooks, laptops and small gaming devices will be collected. Students at each participating school will collect the items and pack into boxes provided by ERI. Collected materials will be shipped to ERI for environmentally appropriate processing and remarketing.

The Girl Up New York Regional Coalition and ERI have designed these special collection events to be winning situations for everyone – local consumers can conveniently and safely dispose of old electronics, while potentially harmful electronic by-products are responsibly recycled and not entering landfills. ERI runs the world’s most efficient shredding technology for the destruction of e-waste, including an industry-leading “certified destruction” system for personal and professional data so that privacy is never compromised. Through Girl Up, the profits from all refurbished and resold items will go directly to help girls go to school, see a doctor, and stay safe from violence.

"I am thrilled to serve as a Teen Advisor for Girl Up, a campaign that is truly changing the lives of girls around the world,” said Sofia Stafford, a Hewitt School student and one of the key organizers of the event. “Through ERI collection drives, Girl Up supporters will be able to fundraise without making a monetary donation, something that can be challenging for youth."

“We’re extremely proud to be involved in this special series of recycling programs alongside Sofia and our other friends at the Girl Up New York Regional Coalition,” said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI. “Together with the United Nations Foundation and this extraordinary campaign, we are helping the good people of New York become more environmentally responsible by offering them a convenient opportunity to contribute to an important cause at the same time.”

Girl Up Regional Coalitions are groups of Girl Up Clubs and supporters from the same geographical area that are working together to further the Girl Up cause. Girl Up gives American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Girl Up envisions a world where all girls, no matter where they live, have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.

To learn more about Girl Up, visit girlup.org.

For more information on general recycling needs, visit www.electronicrecyclers.com, http://1800recycling.com or www.urbanmining.org.

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 200 million pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations in seven states, including California, Washington, Colorado, Indiana, 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.

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