ECS Refining specializes in end-of-life electronics recycling, the process by which obsolete electronic devices are dismantled and separated into clean, reusable commodities. Unlike other recyclers, ECS is able to efficiently and effectively process large volumes of end-of-life electronics (also known as e-waste) utilizing automated recycling equipment and cutting-edge technology. Our state-of-the-art electronics recycling facilties, which are e-Stewards and R2 Certified, are designed to maximize materials recovery and eliminate harmful waste while and safeguarding our workers and environment.
ECS provides downstream electronics recycling services to a variety of markets, including electronics recyclers and collectors, manufacturers, large businesses, and the private sector.
G.I.G.O: The principle of “Garbage In, Garbage Out” also applies to efficient and effective electronics recycling. Although ECS is capable of recycling a wide range of material streams, many of our processes are optimized for electronic waste. This means that non-conforming materials could disrupt the streamlined recycling process or contaminate the commodity outputs. Click here to learn more about what we recycle.
Pre-picking: Our end-of-life electronics recycling process begins with a conveyor line in which items that should not be shredded, such as batteries, UPS battery systems, toner cartridges, and fluorescent lights, are removed by hand before they enter the main shredder.
Shredding: After e-waste has been pre-picked, it flows into the shredding line to be sized down for commodity separation. The primary shredder breaks material down into 4” x 10” fragments and the secondary shredder reduces it further into poker chip-sized fragments that are optimal for the separation processes.
Effective and efficient commodity separation is a key component of end-of-life e-waste recycling that largely determines the value that can be recovered. ECS Refining boasts a state-of-the-art separation process that is unparalleled in the industry.
After e-waste has been shredded into optimally-sized fragments, it enters the separation lines where it is segregated into various commodity types using sophisticated technologies including eddy currents, optical identification, and magnetic separation. The first separation stage divides material into plastics and metals, and the second stage further separates the metal stream into different varieties.
In order to recover the maximum value from electronic waste, it must be processed properly. ECS Refining’s state-of-the-art recycling process ensures that the electronics are refined into clean, high-quality commodities.
The most common commodities that can be recovered from e-waste are varying grades and types of plastic, aluminum, steel, pc board, and CRT glass. After shredding and separating electronic waste, ECS Refining gives these commodities new life by selling and distributing them to manufacturers and producers around the world.