Extending the gift-giving spirit of the holidays a little longer,
leading electronics recycler ERA donates used computers and laptops in
Calgary, Edmonton and all over AB to reduce child poverty rate in AB
CALGARY, Jan. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - For non-profit organizations helping
children and youth, holiday gifts will keep pouring in even after
Christmas day. Twenty five (25) laptops and fifty (50) computers are
available to be hand delivered Santa-style by leading green electronic
recycler, the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA).
According to ERA founder, Bojan Paduh, the donations give hope to kids
and youth, similar to the time that a church donated a computer to him
in 1996 when he was suffering from poverty after just arriving in
Canada from war torn Yugoslavia.
Currently British Columbia suffers the worst child poverty rates in
Canada, affecting 1 out of 5 children and youth in BC.1 ERA hopes to reverse this trend by providing used laptops, computers
and video games to charities and non-profit organizations helping kids
and youth. Alberta is slightly better.
Individuals and organizations can contact the ERA to request some of
these laptops and computers, for use in their programs. The laptops and
computers can help with studies, education, staying in touch, and
Calgary-headquartered ERA operates donation centres in Calgary and in
Edmonton, as well as Vancouver and Victoria, BC. In 2013 alone, ERA
donated hundreds of laptops and computer sets across western Canada. In
2012, the organization diverted 319 tonnes of recyclable materials from
A report by Alberta Recycling Management Authority in Alberta (ARMA) for
2013 revealed that in Alberta there were 750,000 TVs and computers
dumped, none of which were reused. In BC, EPRA reports 21,960 tons
(approx. 1 million electronic devices) were dumped. None of which were
reused. ERA is confident that many of those items could have been
reused and given second homes.
"Whenever possible donated electronic equipment is refurbished, wiped
clean of any data, and given to charities and other non-profit
organizations at no cost," says Ben Brunner, ERA donations supervisor.
"Materials not suitable for donation are recycled in a responsible and
environmentally friendly way to minimize or eliminate associated
environmental impacts of E-Waste."
About the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA)
ERA is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing electronic waste
by preventing unwanted computers, laptops and related electronic
equipment from ending up in landfills or being prematurely disposed of,
or recycled when someone else can still use them. For more information
about our operations, secure hard drive shredding services, or to
donate your used electronic equipment, visit www.era.ca
1Statistics Canada; Income of Canadians
SOURCE: Electronic Recycling Association
For further information:
Communications Manager, ERA
403 262 4488