Environmental Industries

 ECS PROTECTS YOUR BRAND BY MAINTAINING COMPLETE CHAIN OF CUSTODY
ECS PROVIDES END TO END IT ASSET SERVICES ALL UNDER ONE ROOF
ECS IS THE MOST EXPERIENCED IN THE INDUSTRY : FOUNDED IN 1980
ECS OFFERS PEACE OF MIND: WE'RE AN E-STEWARDS FOUNDING MEMBER
BORN IN THE SILICON VALLEY IN 1980, ECS HAS LED THE IT ASSET INDUSTRY EVER SINCE.

OVERVIEW

ECS provides a comprehensive IT asset disposition (ITAD) solution for customers seeking to properly phase out decommissioned IT assets in a manner that eliminates downstream liability and maximizes return on investment.

We work with our clients to create and execute a custom ITAD solution that integrates seamlessly with their asset management programs.

As an e-Stewards and R2 certified recycler with core competencies in both end-of-life electronics recycling and IT asset recovery, ECS provides the most responsible, intelligent solutions in the industry.

UNPARALLELED SECURITY

• ECS facilities are built with the latest in closed-circuit television and staffed 24-7.

• All materials are bar-coded and tracked in our inventory management system.

• We establish full “chain of custody” for your assets in each process step.

• We work with all relevant state and federal regulation bodies

what we do

Data Security & Brand Protection

At ECS, we understand that data security and brand protection are of the utmost importance to our enterprise clients. Drawing on decades of experience, adhering to strict operating procedures, and utilizing state-of-the-art software, we eliminate the downstream liability involved with IT asset disposition.

Asset Tag Removal

A significant risk of IT asset disposition (ITAD) is the possibility of an IT asset being repurposed or dumped without the removal of the asset tag. ECS removes all asset tags to ensure that your brand is protected. No electronic device leaves any of our facilities without being physically shredded or stripped of its asset tag.

PHYSICAL DESTRUCTION OF DRIVES & IP

As a company with core competencies in asset management and electronics recycling services, ECS is equipped to fulfill any and all of your IP destruction requirements. We securely handle and shred data-containing drives, branded hardware, prototypes, and any other material whose exposure poses a risk to your organization. 

Data Wiping

In many cases, hard drives retain significant value and physical destruction is not the most desirable method for destroying the data contained within them. ECS  has sophisticated techniques for effectively wiping data from hard drives that allow value to be recovered through resale. Our most common drive wiping standards are NIST 800-88 and DOD 5220.22-M. Contact us to learn about our additional data wiping capabilities. 

WITNESSED DESTRUCTION/CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE

ECS provides assurance that your material is processed properly by issuing certificates of compliance for recycling, destruction, and data sanitization. Additionally, we offer witnessed destruction services, meaning customers can observe the physical destruction of material in person or via a live video feed.

END OF LEASE

ECS provides an option for equipment that is at the end of the leasing period. When clients choose to no longer keep the materials, ECS can provide revenue for the equipment and offer a buy back price, allowing organizations to offset the cost of the materials or possibly provide a profit after the remainder of the lease agreement is paid.

CRT Recycling

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Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) televisions and monitors make up a significant portion of the global electronic waste stream. They possess nominal commodity value, and because they contain leaded glass, CRT devices are difficult and costly to recycle. As a result, CRTs are often exported to be dismantled and discarded in regions with substandard environmental protection and labor laws.

ECS offers one of the few complete domestic solutions for CRT devices and boasts the most sophisticated, full-circle recycling process in the world.

CRT Dismantling

The first stage in the ECS CRT recycling process is to separate the bare cathode ray tube from its enclosure. The glass tubes need to be in tact when they enter the glass separation stage, so monitors and televisions must be dismantled manually. Once the bare CRT has been removed, the remaining components enter the electronics recycling process where they are shredded and separated into various commodity types including plastic, copper, printed circuit board, and steel. These are sold into secondary markets to be remanufactured into new products, and the bare cathode ray tube moves on to be further refined into clean glass.

CRT Glass Separation

The second stage in the CRT recycling process utilizes a proprietary technology that separates the lead-bearing glass (known as the funnel) from the clean glass (known as the panel). This CRT glass separation process is highly efficient and allows ECS to isolate the glass types with unprecedented accuracy. The panel glass, which is high in quality, can be refined and reused for a number of applications, including the automotive, fiberglass, bead, and lighting industries. The leaded funnel glass proceeds to the final smelting stage where the lead is removed.

CRT Glass Smelting

The final smelting stage is similar to the secondary lead smelting process that many other recyclers use in that the lead-bearing funnel glass is heated to a molten state so the lead can be extracted. Once it has been extracted, the lead is formed into ingots and sold as commodities. However, unlike the other leaded smelters, this process does not result in useless slag that must be discarded in landfills. Instead, ECS “re-nourishes” the melted glass after removing the lead. This proprietary process produces clean, new glass that can be used for countless applications.

Electronics Recycling

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Stockton, CA - The Largest Facility of Its Kind in North America

ECS 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 can efficiently and effectively process large volumes of end-of-life electronics (also known as e-waste) utilizing automated recycling equipment and innovative technology. Our state-of-the-art electronics recycling facilities, 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.

Shredding

G.I.G.O: The principle of “Garbage In, Garbage Out” also applies to efficient and effective electronics recycling. Although ECS can recycle 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.

Separation

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 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.

Outputs

To recover the maximum value from electronic waste, it must be processed properly. ECS ’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 gives these commodities new life by selling and distributing them to manufacturers and producers around the world.

E-Waste Collection

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In addition to serving as a downstream for e-waste, ECS also provides a number of services to support e-waste collectors and handlers all over the country.

Customer Support

Single point of contact for you and your teamValidates and submits collection logs for state recycling programsSubmits appeals for rejected logs/denied claimsProvides annual weights and materials received

The ecollective Program

ecollective is a network of drop-off locations that provides free, convenient, and safe e-waste recycling for consumers. By enrolling in the ecollective program, your business is able to promote its other services and increase foot traffic to your door, while providing a much needed service to your community. Contact us to learn how you can become part of the network that is “taking it back for good.”

Universal Waste Training

ECS provides thorough training and support for e-waste collection to ensure that you are in compliance with universal waste handling laws.

Logistics Support

ECS relies on a nationwide network of 3rd part logistics (3PL) partners to transport your e-waste to our processing facilities all over the country.

Hazardous/ Industrial Waste

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ECS has been a hazardous waste treatment service provider for over 30 years. We maintain a “Standardized Permit” issued by the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC). ECS provides environmentally secure management of specific hazardous wastes including the following, Solder dross, Solder paste and wipes, Photographic wastewater, Precious metal bearing wastes and scrap materials, Silver oxide batteries.

ECS is registered as a Hazardous Waste Transporter and able to provide secure, cost-effective, and convenient one-stop service to our customers. ECS also offers proprietary silver (metal) recovery columns for on-site collection of silver (and other metal constituents) at the generator’s facility.

The types of businesses that require our hazardous waste services are extensive given the value of our services and commitment to the environment. Company types include the following:

  • Electronic Device Manufacturers
  • Film Processors
  • Hard-Disk Drive Manufacturers
  • Hazardous Waste Brokers
  • Hazardous Waste Transporters
  • Hazardous Waste Treatment facilities
  • Photo lithographers
  • Photo processors
  • Photographers
  • Printed Circuit Board Assemblers
  • Semiconductor Manufacturers
  • Solar Panel Installers
  • Solar Panel Manufacturers
  • Solar Panel Recyclers
  • Solder and Solder Paste manufacturers and distributers
  • Sputtering
  • Thin-Film Deposition
  • Wafer Fabs
  • Watch Repair

Industrial Equipment Resale

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We buy and remarket used hi-tech semiconductor fabrication, assembly and production equipment including used test equipment, lab equipment, inspection systems, environmental chambers, ovens, telecommunications equipment, networking systems, positioning systems, lasers, motion controllers, pumps, vacuum systems, motors, and various parts, fittings, and components.

Being a part of the ECS organization gives us expanded capabilities to handle all your recycling needs.

If you have custom built or proprietary systems to dispose of, we have the capability to dismantle and remarket the generic components, as well as provide a certificate of destruction for the proprietary portions of the system. This ensures proprietary systems never re-enter the marketplace.

From outright purchases to long term profit sharing contracts, Outback Equipment Company is your best source for getting the highest returns on your idle, surplus, or obsolete inventory.

Reverse Logistics

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Working and non-working returned products don’t simply disappear – they represent a significant investment and must be dealt with properly in an “aftermarket” phase of the supply chain. The term reverse logistics refers to these aftermarket processes and typically relates to value recovery and proper disposal. Successful execution requires expertise, and if managed improperly, can be very costly. At ECS we understand that effective reverse logistics is critical for manufacturers and retailers which is why we developed a vetted “turnkey” reverse logistics solution.

The Challenge

In today’s economic climate, customers are reluctant to spend hard earned cash. In order to maintain sales and retain customer loyalty, manufacturers and retailers are pressured to employ liberal customer return policies, demanding product warranties and service level guarantees. As a result, manufacturers and retailers are faced with the challenge of managing an increasing volume of returns.

Our Solution

- If a device has completely reached the end of its useful life (EOL), it is refined into commodities to be manufactured into new products.

- If a device is not reusable, it is harvested for working parts to be reintroduced into the market.

- If a device has completely reached the end of its useful life (EOL), it is refined into commodities to be manufactured into new products.

The Benefits

Measurable Economic Value - Our solution is designed to offset costs and generate new revenue streams through product resale and value recovery processes.

Ethical Processing - Our responsible, domestic recycling process stimulates our economy by creating jobs and infrastructure on American soil, while diverting harmful waste from being dumped into our landfills or shipped overseas.

Ease-of-Use - Our remarketing platform provides complete control and transparency of product downstream. Redeploy assets internally, sell products to the highest bidder, or define additional buyer criteria.

SMELTING

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ECS takes your company’s tin/lead residues and by-products and produces smelts, and mixed-metal alloys for sale into the global metals market. We leverage our proven experience and the latest technologies from the moment your shipment is received at our processing facilities to final processing.

After processing we weigh your materials on our certified scales, analyze them in our world class laboratory, and process it into a new reusable alloy product. As an established industry leader, we strive to meet and typically exceed your business requirements.

  • Materials We Recycle include the following:
  • Tin/Lead and Lead Free Dross
  • Silver-bearing Filter Cakes
  • Solder Pastes, Wire, and Ingot
  • Tin Rinses
  • Solder Pots and Pot Metals
  • Contaminated Process Materials
  • Stencil Wipes and Under-Stencil Rolls
  • Gloves, Finger Cots, Rags
  • Jars and Cartridges of Spent Solder Paste
  • Other Wastes Containing Recyclable Amounts of Tin (Sn), Lead (Pb), Gold (Au), Silver (Ag), and Antimony (Sb)

END TO END RESALE & RECYCLING
TRACKING SOFTWARE

COMPLETE TRANSPARENCY

Our tracking software was designed with ease of use and complete transparency as the primary focus. When working with ECS, you will find comprehensive, transparent reporting at your fingertips 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at any location with internet access. Areas of interest include:

Receiving & Inventory

- "Lot" based system

- Services defined by category

- Searchable database

User Defined Dashboard Reporting

- Reporting by Location

- Definable targets

- Granular processing and Costing data wrap-up

Asset & Settlement Reporting Outputs

- "Comprehensive asset tracking, costing, and recoveries

- Summarized Lot Reporting

why choose us

 WHAT MATTERS MOST

DECADES OF EXPERIENCE

Founded in 1980, we've been a leader in the industry for over 36 years.

STATE OF THE ART PROCESSING

Our facilities are among the largest and most technologically advanced in the industry,

NO OVERSEAS PROCESSING

At ECS we stand by our commitment to domestic processing.

COMPLETE SERVICE OFFERINGS

We have solutions for IT assets throughout every stage of their lifecycle.

NATIONAL & GLOBAL "FOOTPRINT"

We have locations and service partners nationwide, providing seamless solutions.

TRANSPARENCY & SECURITY

From beginning to end, ECS provides full transparency for your project.

SECURITY

Nothing leaves our hands until it has been resold or processed to raw materials. Our customers are safe knowing that ECS will commit to the best, domestic and conscientious processing of their equipment.

SUSTAINABILITY

We truly care for the environment and have a proven commitment of ethical behavior that’s embodied in our dedicated employees, state-of-the-art processing, and support of global standards such as e-Stewards.

VALUE RECOVERY

ECS helps customers recover value from electronic assets by remarketing them. Not only is the resale of reusable electronics the purest form of recycling, but it often allows the seller to maximize residual value as well.

e-Stewards Certification
ISO 14001:2004 Certification
R2 Certification
HIPAA Certification
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