[Note to reporters: see accompanying chart and maps that highlight growth across California.]
Some counties, in particular, are now extremely well served by the fast-growing program. Statewide, 9 out 10 households in 19 counties are within 10 miles of an ecollective, and 100 percent of households in 10 counties are within a 10-mile radius of a local ecollective. In Northern California, 5-mile coverage is up from 58 percent to 78 percent, and 10-mile coverage is up from 77 percent to 91 percent. Meanwhile, in Southern California, 5-mile coverage increased from 40 percent to 52 percent, and 10-mile coverage went from 68 percent to 81 percent.
"We set out to serve almost all California households within a 10-mile service areas because we know that if we make it easy for people to drop off their unwanted electronics, we can help eliminate the e-waste that ends up in our landfills or that gets exported for unsafe dismantling and processing," said Jim Taggart, president of ECS Refining, the company that designed and powers the ecollective initiative. "Today's statistics show that we're very close to achieving that goal, and demonstrate that we have a successful e-waste recycling model that can be expanded to other states."
The growth in ecollective locations means that 9.6 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 safely recycle it, knowing that all personal data will be erased and every item will be processed here in the United States using the latest recycling technology and methods. Ecollective is powered by ECS Refining, an electronics recycler renowned for its environmental ethics and responsible recycling methods.
New electronics recycling plant in Stockton ramps up to handle increasing volumes of e-waste
With the volume of electronic waste ramping up in California, ECS Refining recently announced the acquisition of a facility in Stockton that will safely handle all e-waste collected by ecollective locations.
How to find an ecollective drop-off location, 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 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).