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Computer donations and recycling in Canada, major milestone reached by Calgary based non-profit


Computer donations and recycling in Canada, major milestone reached by Calgary based non-profit

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CALGARY, July 27, 2018 /CNW/ - The Electronic Recycling Association/The Electronic Reusing Association, has donated 1000 laptops and 1000 computers to needed charities and non-profit organizations across Canada and world wide.

Computers and Laptops disposed daily by Canadians in all majors cities; Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, and many others have been collected by the ERA since 2004 and earlier. Many of these laptops and computers are still in perfect working condition. They are just no longer trendy or fast enough for all the social media and high end gaming, but still are able to serve as document processing devices, educational tools, for access to the internet, and more.

Those laptops and computers that are still functional or can be repaired, are refurbished by a large team of technicians, data is removed, parts are tested and refurbished, and then those devices are donated or resold. ERA offers high security data protection to ensure that confidential data is never recovered. Physical shredding of hard drives or military type software for data removal.

If laptops or computers cannot be repaired, they are passed onto specialist recyclers across Canada. The ERA works with all major provincial electronics recycling programs in Canada to ensure waste electronics (ewaste) is properly recycled with all the environmental standards and safety standards to protect the environment and worker safety.

The ERA donates computers and laptops at no charge to Canadian charities and non-profits, on a first come first serve basis. Organizations can also choose to pay a small fee to get the items immediately upon their request. Computers and laptops are also marketed online at and various other online marketplaces such as ebay, amazon, alibaba, and are available for purchase by anyone.

Corporations and individuals worldwide, that are unable to afford to purchase brand new computers are able to purchase them at a fraction of the cost of a brand new computer or laptop. They are able to do the same job as a new laptop, albeit a little bit slower. The ERA provides warranty and recycling options to anyone who purchases laptops or computers worldwide, to ensure that if the computers break down eventually they will be disposed of properly and environmentally.

Many 3rd world countries cannot afford brand new computers. The social impact of not being able to access educational tools or devices is one of the causes of mass migration from places such as Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Middle Eastern countries and African countries. By providing these educational devices and tools to schools, corporations and individuals in these countries, we can help them build their education systems, their economies and allow people to prosper at home, without having to uproot and go to Canada, America, or elsewhere.

The ERA currently has a pending list of needy charities and non-profits that require approximately 750 laptops and 1200 computers and monitors. Individuals and corporations are invited to visit the ERA website and choose a charity they would like to help, or let the ERA choose for you.

About the Electronic Reusing Association (ERA)

Established in 2004, ERA is a non-profit organization directed to reduce the environmental impact of improperly discarded toxic electronic waste by offering accessible services to help corporations and individuals manage their retiring IT assets. Through industry leading pickup, data removal and reporting/certification services, ERA provides a full-circle solution for e-waste management. With reuse being ERA's top priority, every item that is received is examined for any remaining productive life and refurbished for reuse. True end of life items are transferred to accredited recyclers where a nil landfill contribution can be assured. ERA is committed to supporting local charities and individuals in need through the provision of electronic equipment to charities and individuals alike.

SOURCE Electronic Recycling Association

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