Ecollective on Track to Hit 200 E-Waste Drop-Off Locations in First 60 Days

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During its first month of operation, the fast-growing network of convenient e-waste drop-off locations has established 112 locations, providing consumers and businesses an easy, safe and free place to recycle their unwanted electronics.

“In preparation for the busy holiday season, we’re driving fast toward our goal of placing an ecollective location close to most households in this state, and doubling our presence in California by the end of November.”

Two weeks since its launch, ecollective has established 112 e-waste drop-off locations throughout California. For the 68 percent of households that have unwanted and unused electronics piling up in their closets, garages and storage units, time and proximity are the biggest roadblocks to recycling. The ecollective aims to solve that, and is well on its way toward accomplishing its goal of serving 95 percent of all households within 10 miles of their home.

“In preparation for the busy holiday season, we’re driving fast toward our goal of placing an ecollective location close to most households in this state, and doubling our presence in California by the end of November,” said Jim Taggart, president of ECS Refining, the company that is behind the ecollective initiative. “We’re also setting a high standard in best practices. Anyone that delivers e-waste to any of our locations can be sure that all their personal data is being destroyed and everything is getting processed domestically. We are finding that our collection partners are eager to provide this high level of service and security to consumers, and we are pleased to help them do it.”

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 by establishing a statewide network of e-waste drop-off locations, and by orchestrating public awareness campaigns.

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

It’s easy: visit, 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 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 of e-waste for every man, woman and child on the planet each year. 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 Tell your family, neighbors, friends and workmates about ecollective through our Facebook and Twitter (@myecollective) 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 or Twitter @ecsrefining.


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