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Why Is The “Right To Repair” So Important?

A few months back, many iPhone 6 users were faced with Apple shutting down their iPhones with one of their software updates. Those users had made repairs on their phones, without using an authorized repair shop. Apple’s decision caused a public outcry and eventually, they reverted these changes in their next version of iOS.

This is the same situation that happens whenever an owner of a John Deere tractor attempts to make repairs through someone who is not authorized. After fixes are made, they are still required to have a John Deere representative come out and authorize the repairs, which is another added on expense and time consumer. Many of these farmers are fighting this because it could slow down their work in the field.

If this is not something that Apple is allowed to get away with, why is John Deere getting away with it?

Whether you’re wanting to fix your iPhone or the John Deere tractor in your field, the “right to repair” is a vital factor to support your livelihood.  At least eight states have been considering laws to protect the user’s “right to repair”. This “right to repair” will cause the users to have the chance to get more life out of the device, instead of tempting the user to just toss the device into the trash. Big or small, electronic devices contribute to the 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste that we produce every year, worldwide. When a device is harder to repair, it is more likely to be tossed into a landfill, even if there are laws that attempt to prevent this.

E-waste is extremely dangerous if it ends up in landfills. Batteries can explode and cause fires and many chemicals can get into the ground water surrounding the landfills. Instead of keeping up the habit of running to the store to buy a new device every time something breaks, we should be taking the device to the repair shop to extend the life of the item. While we are fighting for the ability to access the information to fix our devices ourselves, there are still companies like EPC, Inc. that offers service and repairs on many of your electronic devices.

EPC will always attempt to repair first, using our award-winning service department.   But if the machine is truly end of life, EPC’s Electronic Recycling Center, de-manufactures and recycles your e-waste to reduce the amount that ends up in landfills. Most electronics are 100% recyclable and EPC follows the BAN e-Steward guidelines while recycling all raw materials. We also take data security very seriously and any data recycled devices is destroyed according to the NIST 800-88 Guidelines to ensure the privacy of our customers.

Stop in to our St. Charles, MO location today to get your electronic devices repaired by our award-winning service department!

EPC’s Monitor Buyers Guide…

 

NEED: Everyone loves a larger screen, especially when it comes to your computer screen. Whether it’s being connected to a laptop as a second monitor, or a complete replacement for that huge CRT monitor you’ve got, getting into a business-grade 27” LCD monitor with EPC is easy!

Stop into our 5500sqft Retail Showroom where I can help you get what you need from our always-growing inventory of product!

SPACE: So it’s time for a second monitor. Awesome! A quick question though: have you got room for it? While LCDs are thin, and take up much less space than the huge CRT monitors, it probably is larger than your existing monitor. Have you got the physical desk space to accommodate it? Will it fit on the “stand” or desk that you’ve got in place right now? The cost on these special monitors is now, but don’t take on the cost of a larger desk or shelving unit to accommodate it! Measure the area you’re going to be using and we’ll help you find the right larger LCD monitor that’ll literally fit the bill!

MULTIPLE MONITORS: If you haven’t tried a system with multiple monitors (whether it’s with a laptop and an additional LCD as a second screen) or two or MORE monitors to extend your visible desktop are all really great ways to use the quality inexpensive, business-grade LCD monitors we have. Social media experiences, video editing, desktop publishing and watching movies – even surfing the web are a completely different experience with multiple monitors. The reduced cost offers great power when buying LCD monitors from EPC!

RECYCLING: Are you still sitting in front of a large, bulky CRT-tubed computer monitor? Do you have several of them piling up in the basement, garage or closet? Now is the time to upgrade your system and recycle those large DANGEROUS CRTs with EPC – a certified, experienced Electronics Recycler. Contact us today to tell us more about the CRTs/Computers/Electronics you have to discard and learn more about how getting into a new LCD monitor(s) can.

Ready to get a 27″ LCD monitor? How about several?

Tell me how many you’d like below and we’ll get them ready for you!

New Recycling Facility in Wright City

St. Charles, MO- EPC, a national leader in recycling and proper handling and disposal of used IT and electronic equipment, has moved into a larger, state-of-art facility in Wright City, MO. The $5 million dollar facility is 104,000 square feet and replaces the existing 65,000 SF recycling operation in Earth City. EPC anticipates business volume to increase by 20% initially, with additional growth anticipated.

“The leadership in Wright City embraced our vision for the new recycling facility,” said Dan Fuller, President of EPC.  “They listened to our needs, and helped us find the right location that would meet our current requirements and allow for future growth. They were also instrumental in working with our employees to help them relocate into the area.”

EPC’s Wright City recycling facility features a $1.7 million magnetic optical sorter shredding machine which includes smart technology, automating the process of sorting and decommissioning computer equipment and eliminates the human risk associated with decommissioning. The sorter also has the capabilities to learn processes, and improve performance based on logging and avoiding previous mistakes. This capability, and this piece of equipment, positions EPC at the top level of technology recycling facilities in the country.

“Large corporations take the decommissioning of their IT equipment very seriously, and rightfully so,” said Fuller. “It’s our job to help ensure that this process is handled properly. That’s why it was important for us to build one of the most advanced facilities in the United States, with processes, technology and certifications to give our clients, especially data-sensitive organizations, the confidence to know that the job is being done properly.”

The new facility currently employs 70 people, with plans to grow by an additional 20 employees in the next 12 months. Banze Construction was the design-build contractor. The project was self funded through operations and its parent company CSI Leasing.

About EPC

EPC is an approved electronics recycler with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR). EPC is officially certified with the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) and is a Ban Certified e-Steward. EPC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSI Leasing, Inc., which has operations throughout North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. For more about EPC visit www.epcusa.com. Information about CSI is available at www.csileasing.com.

EPC Electronics Recycling Center

100 S. Stringtown Road
Wright City, MO 63390
636-410-0488
FAX: 314-344-0071
Receiving Hours 7am-3pm CT

An ISO 14001-certified facility
An e-Stewards-certified facility
NAID-certified facility

What Is A COA?

WHAT IS A COA?

A COA, or “Certificate of Authenticity” is the sticker located on a computer system that has a 25-digit license key for the Windows Operating System, such as Windows XP or Vista. The COA verifies the validity of the operating system confirming that it is genuine. With the COA attached to the product, a legal copy of the operating system can be acquired from the original equipment manufacturer if the original restore media is lost (ie. Dell, HP, IBM, etc).

WHY DOES EPC LIST COA INFORMATION?

A lot of our wholesale buyers need this information. Many of our customers request that the COA information be placed in our ads so they can determine what machines to purchase according to the restore media they may have already or will be acquiring.

DOES THIS MEAN THAT NO OS IS INSTALLED?

Not Necessarily. Only about 50% of our computers being sold do not come with an OS installed. Please read the description thoroughly to determine what is and isn’t included with a particular item. If the computer advertised includes an operating system, there will be a NEW, Microsoft Authorized COA included with the sale (please see picture). The Buyer of a loaded system would then enter the 25 character alpha-numeric Product Key when setting up the computer for first use.

 

 

Clear the Clutter – Time to Recycle 2015 – with EPC, Inc.!

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Did you know that each person in North America, has an average of at least 6 pieces of ‘idle technology” in their home? Whether it’s an old cell phone, that computer that just “didn’t work one day”, an old stereo system, CD player or printer – everyone’s got something that’s got to go. Well the time is now!

EPC, Inc. is proud to offer you another outstanding recycling opportunity via our 2015 “Time to Recycle” Event that let’s you unload your antiquated electronics at EPC’s St. Charles Corporate Headquarters on May 2nd, 2015! Simply gather up your gear, and head to EPC’s St. Charles facility at 3941 Harry S Truman Blvd. and clear out the clutter!

Still not convinced why you should come out?

*This event is for PERSONAL USE ONLY and all items will be handled according to EPC’s “ZERO LANDFILL POLICY.”

On-Site Hard Drive Shredding:

EPC's Data Destruction Recycling Vehicle in Action! Check It Out In Person!

Our fleet of Data Destruction Recycling Vehicles )The DDRVs) are constantly touring North America to ensure that organizations, businesses and companies of all kinds experience the peace of mind that reliable, affordable, certified mobile Data Destruction offers. On May 2nd, 2015, you’ll be able to have YOUR hard drive shredded into tiny bits by one of our vehicles! It’s the best way to make sure that your personal data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands! You can even get an EPC Certificate of Destruction for just $5, certifying that your hard drive and all data contained therein has been safely destroyed by EPC!

Items that can be accepted include:

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Computers, clocks, stereos, servers, laptops, tablets, cell phones, telephones, speakers, microwaves, printers, toner cartridges, writing of all kinds.

Items that cannot be accepted include:

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Firearms, any item with Freon, fluorescent bulbs, large home appliances (white goods)

PLEASE NOTE:

All CRT/TVs – $10 Each.

Another Great Bonus:

epc-certificate-sampleCertificates of Destruction are available for all shredded hard drives for just $5 each!

Still have questions? Not sure what you need to do next? Have a strange item and not sure what to do with it? Contact EPC, Inc. today and let us know how we can help you “Clear the Clutter” and make the most of this “Time to Recycle” event!

What Value Does Your Company Place on Their Customer’s Privacy and Livelihood?

From Eric Levy: ITAD SalesEPC, Inc.

EPC, Inc, now in its 30th year of business, continues to be a centerpiece of information in regard to Data Security. We have been offering companies of all sizes options that ensure compliance with specific industry standards to help protect a company’s reputation and information. A recent article from DataBreaches.Net shows just how important it is to be compliant.

“Nearly 1 in 4 data breach letter recipients became a victim of identity fraud, with breaches involving Social Security numbers to be the most damaging.”

This is a staggering number and cannot be overlooked.

That means that if your company had an “average sized” Data Breach from a mishandled asset or drive of 554 leaked names*, you would have 139 customers or clients that now have had their entire identity taken from them. This is a process that can take from 3-7 years to reclaim not to mention the untold number of dollars that it will cost YOUR COMPANY to make this happen.

The next time you have retired assets that your boss told you to “get rid of” don’t just think of your potential feel good moment of running into that boss’ office and telling him you got rid of all of those “old” computers and were able to do it for no money. Think about that boss’ reaction when you have to tell him the guy that did it for free just stole you client’s identities and you now have to deal with the absolute costs associated with a breach – along with the unknown costs of lost business.

EPC offers true, peace of mind and for very little time on your part. We offer fluid solutions to fit any company in any industry.

Please feel free to contact EPC and learn more about our Industry leading Data Security operations. We would love to help you review your protocols to make sure you are compliant within your industry.

*The data to describe an average size breach is from 2012. We expect the average size of a breach to continue to grow exponentially for the foreseeable future.

Recycle Your Computer AND Feed the Hungry!

In celebration of Earth Day, EPC will be donating all public recycling fees to a local food bank. There is a $5 per item charge for EPC to recycle your old computers and electronics. But from April 18th – 26th, EPC will be donating those fees to a local food bank. Additionally, individuals can donate 5 canned good items and EPC will waive the $5 fee, and include those canned goods in the donation. Bring in those old electronic items you’ve been meaning to get rid of and take this opportunity to help the environment and the community.

Redbirds Go Green – Cardinals add Recycling to their Lineup

The grass in Busch Stadium isn’t the only thing green this baseball season. Now in its second season, the St. Louis Cardinals’ “For a Greener Game” campaign continues to recycle the trash that fans leave behind in the stands. Last season, stadium employees collected and recycled 220 tons of cardboard, paper, aluminum and plastic that, in past seasons, would’ve ended up in a landfill.

In a further effort to contribute to the local community, the “For a Greener Game” initiative has joined with the St. Patrick Center in order to help homeless St. Louisans find meaningful and gainful employment.

In addition to the season-long recycling efforts, there are a couple of games that are specifically dedicated to going green. Those games are on Earth Day, 4/22 and World Environment Day, 6/5, and include discounted tickets, an environmental expo and a “For a Greener Game” organic tee shirt.
Go Redbirds! Go Green!

Build an under-the-cabinet kitchen PC

Lifehacker is on a laptop recycling kick recently. Last week they showed us how to make a digital photo frame out of your old laptop. This week it is building your own under-the cabinet kitchen PC. Fashioned out of an old dell laptop, some coat hangers, and Puppy Linux, this DIY project looks like it would work great for checking the weather, listening to some internet radio, or looking up some recipies online. Man, what I wouldn’t give for a touch screen interface and software keyboard though.

If you are looking for more ideas on what do to with your old computer, check out these posts:

EPC to Provide Electronics Recycling Education at St. Louis Earth Day

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One of the oldest Earth Day celebrations in the Midwest, the 2009 St. Louis Earth Day Festival, is being held in Forest Park on 4/26 from 11am-6pm.  As the area’s leading recycler of electronics, EPC has been asked to educate the more than 25,000 festival participants about electronics recycling. Stop by  our educational booth at this year’s festival and learn why and how we recycle electronics.  Our environmental efforts have earned EPC the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2008 Heroes of the Planet Award. If you can’t make it to the festival, you can check out our website for more information on how you can help EPC in our efforts to prevent electronics and their hazardous parts from ending up in landfills.