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E-Waste Company Expands

A e-waste recycling center might create more than 350 jobs in the near future as demand for scrap electronics and metals rise.

Computers waiting to be recycled

Photo: Jessica Gall

Shegerian says recycled electronics help keep hazardous materials such as lead and arsenic out of the environment.

About 125 new jobs have been added to an e-recycling company in Plainfield and more could be on the way.

Electronic Recyclers International CEO Joe Shegerian says his company could add even more positions in the next few years as demand for scrap electronics and metal rises. He says making money while keeping the earth clean in the process, is working well.

“All this stuff is recyclable and this is all part of the great trend of urban mining,” Shegerian says. “Keep the stuff above ground, recycle it appropriately, and re-purpose all this metal. This metal will all get re-purposed into new airplanes, new cars.”

Shegarian says a new shredder and glass cleaner will mean they could expand to about 350 jobs in the near future.

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