ECS Refining Launches Ecollective E-Waste Recycling Initiative in California, With 94 Locations Live

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Dozens of e-waste collectors up and down the state join ecollective, California’s most comprehensive consumer-focused e-waste takeback program. Ecollective is backed by ECS Refining, one of the nation’s leading experts in the recycling of all kinds of hazardous wastes.

The e-waste industry has been waiting for a program that builds stronger collaboration between stakeholders, increases participation from generators of e-waste, and fosters best practices in an affordable way.

2010 E-Scrap Conference, booth #504-505: ECS Refining, a recycling and end-of-life services company that specializes in electronic, industrial equipment and hazardous wastes, has seen an enthusiastic response to its consumer e-waste recycling initiative, ecollective, which was launched to the industry earlier this month. Already, 94 e-waste collection points have joined the program as hosted drop-off locations, with members ranging from national non-profits to local, small and medium-sized businesses that form a network of recycling centers throughout California.

“The e-waste industry has been waiting for a program that builds stronger collaboration between stakeholders, increases participation from generators of e-waste, and fosters best practices in an affordable way. The response from e-waste collectors in California has exceeded our expectations,” said Jim Taggart, founder and president of ECS Refining. “Everyone is eager to get behind a program that ensures the responsible recycling of e-waste —especially one that aims to stem the flow of hazardous waste overseas. Now that we have a solid base of authorized ecollective drop-off locations in place, we are introducing the program to consumers in the coming weeks.”

Consumer awareness and education campaign starts in October

Starting next month, the ecollective program launches in major metro areas in California, with an integrated advertising program and comprehensive public outreach and communications campaign that focuses on driving public awareness and participation in the program. Along with actively marketing the ecollective e-waste drop-off program to consumers, ECS Refining plays a leadership role by recruiting qualified e-waste collectors, OEMs, retailers and city municipalities into the program; and providing back-end e-waste recycling and refining processes that meet stringent environmental standards. Initially, the program will focus on California, with introduction planned in other states that have enacted e-waste legislation.

Electronic waste is fast becoming a top priority for the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 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. The ecollective aims to implement a national solution to the problem by leveraging existing infrastructure, implementing best practices, and employing public outreach and communication.

How to connect with ecollective

Consumers looking for e-waste drop-off locations can visit http://www.myecollective.com. For the latest developments, visit the ecollective Facebook and Twitter pages. Industry participants wishing to join the ecollective initiative should contact Mark Robards at ECS Refining: mrobards(at)ecsrefining(dot)com

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 http://www.ecsrefining.com and Twitter @ecsrefining.

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