70 Percent of California Households are Within 10 Miles of an Ecollective E-Waste Drop-Off Location

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The fast-growing network of convenient and free e-waste drop-off locations adds “nearby” to its list of reasons to safely recycle the tons of electronic waste that is accumulating in homes and offices.

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“We are well on our way toward achieving our goal of locating an ecollective e-waste drop-off location within 10 miles of 95 percent of all households in the state,” said Jim Taggart, president of ECS Refining.

Only one month has passed since the launch of the ecollective network of e-waste dropoff locations, and already, more than 70 percent of California households are now within 10 miles of their closest ecollective e-waste drop-off location. That means that eight million households can load up the family vehicle with obsolete and unwanted TVs, monitors, computer equipment, office equipment, cell phones or other electronics, drive no more than 10 miles, and recycle it, knowing that all personal data will be erased and every item will be safely processed here in the United States, using the latest technology and methods.

Better still, 65 percent of those eight million households are only five miles from their local ecollective location. Counties where ecollective services 50 percent or more of households within 10 miles include: Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Ventura.

“We are well on our way toward achieving our goal of locating an ecollective e-waste drop-off location within 10 miles of 95 percent of all households in the state,” said Jim Taggart, president of ECS Refining, the company that designed and powers the ecollective initiative. “We know that, on average, each household has about 95 pounds of unwanted or obsolete electronics. We’re making it as easy as possible for consumers and businesses to safely recycle these items, ensuring that they won’t be sent overseas for dismantling and destruction, or get into landfills. We encourage everyone to look around their home or office, locate that old TV, video games console, or computer, and take it back for good at a local ecollective.”

E-waste is the fastest-growing category of solid waste in the United States, and California is leading the nation with its e-waste recycling initiatives. However, unlike other recyclable waste, there is no ‘blue bin’ equivalent for curbside collection of e-waste, and so most California residents simply don’t know what to do with it. Ecollective is changing that with a statewide network of e-waste drop-off locations, and by orchestrating public awareness campaigns to help people understand why electronics are a hazardous waste that must be recycled properly by experts, and not exported overseas intact.

How to find an ecollective drop-off location, and what to expect when you get there

It’s easy: visit myecollective.com, enter your zip code, find your closest ecollective location, and then take it back for good. Once you get to your local ecollective, someone will help you get the e-waste out of your car if you need assistance. You may be asked to give some of your identification information (like your name, address and phone number), for state reporting and regulatory purposes.

What to recycle, and why ecollective is good for the environment

The ecollective program is designed to take back most kinds of unwanted and obsolete electronics. If it plugs into the wall and you use it to communicate, gather information, store data, or enjoy media and entertainment, it’s probably part of our program. TVs, monitors, computers, cell phones are the most common. For a complete list: see what we recycle. All ecollective drop-off locations send e-waste to state-approved e-waste recycling plants operated by ECS Refining, which uses advanced and environmentally friendly e-waste recycling procedures.

E-waste is a growing global problem that requires sustainable, local solutions

70 percent of e-waste gets stockpiled because it is not easy to safely dispose of it — and only 15 percent ever gets recycled. The Environmental Protection Agency has just added the disposal of e-waste to a list of the agency’s top four environmental priorities, alongside issues such as climate change, air quality and access to clean water. More and more states are passing legislation to help support recycling e-waste. ECS Refining, the company behind ecollective, sees this growing awareness of the e-waste problem as an opportunity to tackle this international challenge, and is forging partnerships with industry players, fostering best practices among them, and driving public outreach and education.

How to connect with ecollective

Watch our helpful YouTube video. For the nearest e-waste drop-off location, visit myecollective.com. Spread the word! Tell your family, neighbors, friends and workmates about ecollective with our Facebook and Twitter pages.

About ECS Refining
ECS Refining is a recycling and end-of-life services company specializing in electronics, industrial equipment and hazardous wastes. Utilizing a variety of approaches, including recovery and refining, asset management, and refurbishment and resale, we are dedicated to optimizing our services for a sustainable outcome. Because we work with such a wide variety of materials from hundreds of different sources, and have strong connections with partners both upstream and downstream, we’re adept at applying our skills and knowledge to formulate smart and planet-friendly solutions for our customers. Recycle responsibly. Recycle with ECS Refining. For more information about our operations and the latest news from ECS Refining, visit our website, blog, Facebook page, and Twitter page (@ecsrefining).

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