Electronics Recycling

What does EPC accept for public recycling drop-off?

One of the most common questions we receive at our retail store is, “What types of equipment can you recycle?” EPC accepts many different types of electronics for recycling at our St. Charles and Wright City facilities, most free of charge. Public recycling drop-off is a service we provide to retail customers and is limited […]

The Laptop Isn’t Going Anywhere…

It weighed 24 pounds. It featured a full-sized keyboard and a massive 5” screen. Retail price? $1,795. While it COULD be carried with the attached handle, and could fit* on your lap, the first “laptop” – The Osbourne 1, was only just a portable computer. It was however the first in the series of systems that we now call – The Laptop.

 

The need for being able to take your skill sets and ability to share information with you has been around since mankind could first scribe on a rock. Laptops continue to impact the social, hobby and work environments no matter what industry, place or living room you travel to. They continue to deliver full-powered, real-life software solutions to thousands of people per hour. They traditionally give you a larger screen than other options currently available, and allow you the instant ability to have a “pop-up office” anywhere you can put it down and open it. It doesn’t even have to BE your lap.

“But what about the Tablet?”

The age of “The Tablet” has more than arrived and – in a generation where much of today’s entertainment, software and data access is “streamed” from “The Cloud” – they are clearly an excellent tool to help provide you with access to data, instantly, anywhere. Will they “kill” the laptop? Will you never need a “regular computer” again because you have a tablet?

Far from it.

While the abilities, accessories and connectivity available today make tablets an excellent enhancement to both home and work productivity, they are not going to topple the world of The Laptop anytime soon. The reasons for this include:

  • A Keyboard: It’s true that voice to text and voice recognition potential has taken great strides, but we are still far from being able to accurately order a cup of “Earl Grey: Hot.” and then scribe a complete formal letter or proposal to one of your most important/vital clients. In most cases, typing is still life.
  • Not Having to Hold On to It: The world of “stands”, mounting armature, and an appropriately-placed backpack allow you to stack a tablet so that you can “watch” the content it’s showing – no one wants to sit and hope a tablet for long periods of time. The ability to place a laptop on a table, desk or your lap, flipping it open and GO – is a tall order to overcome for the tablet.
  • Screen Size: While the size of tablet screens is growing exponentially (iPad Pro, anyone?), one of the most impactful factors when it comes to championing a laptop is it’s screen. When you take our first two factors (keyboard inclusion, instant pop-up ability) and toss on a larger, typically more defined level. Laptops have even included “touchscreen” ability to help solidify their power.

What other factors do YOU think foster along the livelihood of the laptop computer? Tell us in the comments section below and click below to order YOUR business-grade, off-lease laptop from EPC today!

REMEMBER: You can also stop into our 5500sqft Retail Showroom where we can help you get what you need from our always-growing inventory of product!

 

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.

Data Breach

All of us have been into a restaurant in the last 30 days. What would happen if you knew that in addition to taking your order, the data from your ATM/Debit and/or Credit Card were also not only used in your transaction, but TAKEN – stolen in what is sure to become one of the largest data breaches of the year so far? That’ll put a foul taste in your mouth, but also a chill down your spine when you consider how many people it effects.

While this makes the baked potato, chicken sandwich or Gouda Bacon Cheeseburger a bit more on the sour side – what if it were YOUR company that was in the data breach headlines? Have you ever run through the scenario not “if” but “when” it happens in your company.

wendys-image-data-breachResearch shows that – sadly – most companies haven’t and eventually, it will cost you dearly. The blow to your reputation, the cost to ensure that the people and businesses effected are protected, and the publicly-initiated impact are all a blow few companies are prepared to take on and survive. While your company may not be as large, or as public as the one in question here, the always-there question remains:

What if it was YOUR company in the spotlight?

Is YOUR company exposed? What is your company’s “Data Destruction” policy? Do you even have one? It’s time to implement a trusted, NAID-certified ITAD/Data Destruction solution now, and that solution starts with EPC, Inc.With more than 30 years in business, and 9 locations in North America, we stand ready to protect your data, your reputation and your company’s future. http://www.epcusa.com

Health Records Lost in Data Breach

New years bring new opportunities but also new problems. Yesterday, a very large company in our area announced that they were on the hunt for 6 hard drives that were now missing. That probably not that big of a concern for you – or is it? If you were one of the more than 950,000 people whose personal information was on those hard drives, it suddenly becomes one of the largest problems of all-time for you.

While you may not have millions of dollars to steal, what you DO have that is likely to be stolen is your identity, which will inevitably be used to initiate fraudulent credit cards, online accounts of all kinds and more activity that will have lasting impact on you. How about the business perspective?

Are You Ready for YOUR Company to Be in the Headlines? Get Protected with EPC, Inc.This breach (with more details coming out as the hours go by) will end up costing this company millions of dollars on it’s own. Implementing credit reporting for almost a million people alone is a nightmare. Now let’s talk about the health care record monitoring that will also need to be implemented to ensure data integrity.

The price skyrockets even more.

While your company may not be as large, or as public as the one in question here, the question to ask yourself is this:

What if it was YOUR company in the spotlight?

Is YOUR company exposed? What is your company’s “Data Destruction” policy? Do you even have one? It’s time to implement a trusted, NAID-certified ITAD/Data Destruction solution now, and that solution starts with EPC, Inc. With more than 30 years in business, and 9 locations in North America, we stand ready to protect your data, your reputation and your company’s future.

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!

Download EPC’s “IT Security Risks – Overlooked Vulnerabilities & Best Practices” White Paper

You spend thousands of dollars and untold hours of time to protect the data in your company– well. Maybe you don’t.

Whether you provide attention to your company’s security or not, be sure to take just a few minutes to download our newest tool to help you understand the important parts of what “Overlooked Security Vulnerabilities” that will change the way you provide time and budget to your company.

Holiday Giftaway Winners & Very Happy 2014 Holidays…

Our thanks to all of you that took the time to enter in to EPC, Inc.’s 2014 Holiday Giftaway project! Hundreds of shares and thousands of visits made for a very busy and prosperous time inside our Social Media Headquarters and we can’t wait to provide these great gifts to those that won!

epc-giftaway-laptop-wiinner-2014Our first winner – of our Business User Holiday Giftaway: A Dell D630 Laptop – is Remains, Inc: Textile Recycling/Vintage Wholesale in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1981, Remains is a used clothing ^ textile recycler in Stouth St. Louis. They process materials for either reuse in export markets or recycle those materials into the wiper and fiber markets. They’re located at 3340 Morgan Ford Road in St. Louis, MO 63116 and are open from 8am-4pm. Be sure to stop in to understand more about how their business operates and congratulate them on a great win by participating in a one-of-a-kind project on Facebook! You can check out their website at remainsinc.com and don’t forget to ‘Like’ their business presence on Faceboook!

Our second and final winner – of an iPad3 for a Home User – inside this year’s 2014 EPC, Inc. Holiday Giftaway is: Mr. Aaron Corson of St. Louis, MO! Aaron, along with a very large count of home users shared our content to score a great iPad3! The iPad3 is the perfect, mobile companion that are also available in EPC, Inc’s 5500sqft Retail Showroom right now! Congratulations, Aaron!

The holidays are the perfect time for all of us to revel in the memories, experiences and family that we all hold so dear. Technology can bring new, and vibrant avenues to remember it all, and we hope that – along with great programs like EPC’s Holiday epc-giftaway-i-pad-wiinner-2014Giftaways, you’ll visit EPC, Inc. when the time comes to add new technology to your home or business.

Look for more great Giftaways as 2015 arrives and from the entire staff at EPC, Inc. – our thanks to everyone that participated, shared, commented and more during a time of giving that we always find fulfilling.

Happy Holidays, from EPC, Inc.!