Ecollective —Easy E-Waste Recycling— Helps Consumers Take It Back For Good

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Consumers and businesses can now depend on a growing network of local drop-off locations for convenient, safe and free recycling of their unwanted and obsolete electronics.

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By choosing to recycle your e-waste at any ecollective location you can be sure that any personal data on your computer or cell phone will be destroyed, and that all of your e-waste will be recycled properly.

Consumers and businesses need an easy and convenient way to recycle their obsolete and unwanted electronics. Starting today, Californians have a convenient, safe and free way to recycle this e-waste, by turning to ecollective, a statewide network of drop-off locations that accept old TVs, monitors, computers, cell phones and other electronics — for free.

“Our consumer research showed us that the biggest barrier to recycling for most was time and proximity. So we set ourselves a goal: to establish an ecollective drop-off location within 10 miles of most households in America,” said Jim Taggart, president of ECS Refining, the company that is behind the ecollective initiative. “Ecollective locations are being added every day, and each location has to meet a strict set of criteria to become part of the program. By choosing to recycle your e-waste at any ecollective location you can be sure that any personal data on your computer or cell phone will be destroyed, and that all of your e-waste will be recycled properly.”

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 only.

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. For a complete list: see this list of what we recycle. All ecollective drop-off locations send their e-waste to state-approved plants operated by ECS Refining, which uses advanced and environmentally friendly e-waste recycling procedures.

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

It is estimated that the world generates almost 12 pounds for every man, woman and child on the planet. 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. And, each year, more states adopt legislation to help support recycling of this kind of material. ECS Refining, the company behind ecollective, sees this as an opportunity to work together to solve this international challenge by leveraging existing industry resources, fostering best practices, and employing public outreach and education.

How to connect with ecollective
For the nearest e-waste drop-off location, visit http://www.myecollective.com. Tell your family, neighbors, friends and workmates about ecollective through 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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