Donations accepted until December 15
CALGARY AND EDMONTON, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Access to mobile
communications devices is becoming increasingly essential in our
digitally connected society, but many people still can't afford them,
especially those with lower incomes. To fill this need, today
Calgary-based non-profit organization Electronic Recycling Association
(ERA) launched its first-ever mobile device collection drive.
The event is primarily targeted toward local businesses, which often
have large volumes of used devices on hand that aren't required anymore
but may be appropriate for recycling or reuse. Employees are also
encouraged to chip in by donating their outdated gadgets that have
become unneeded after taking advantage of the holiday sales.
Corporate and personal donations are being accepted now and until
December 15. To participate in the donation event, company
representatives can call the ERA at 1-877-9EWASTE (1-877-939-2783) and
an ERA representative will organize a pick up free of charge. Donations
can also be dropped off at ERA's Calgary and Edmonton warehouses.
Accepted items include mobile phones, tablets, digital notepads,
portable media players, and other related mobile devices.
As an added incentive, the ERA will reward the organization that
collects and donates the most devices by planting trees in its name, in
partnership with Tree Canada - simultaneously helping boost their CSR
According to ERA community investment director Alistair Noble, as
devices are upgraded and replaced companies are left with a large
volume of perfectly good equipment that becomes suddenly unwanted.
"Just because employees upgrade to a newer device - whether for personal
or business reasons - it doesn't mean the previous one no longer
possesses ongoing productive use," said Noble. "Rather than see
unnecessary waste or environmental contribution, the ERA strives to
have such productive equipment put to good use by others who have a
Data misuse and identity fraud are major concerns for companies as they
dispose or recycle unwanted electronic equipment, including laptop and
desktop computers. The ERA addresses these issues through its strict
procedure designed to securely remove data, which includes destruction
using fixed as well as leasable mobile hard drive shredders.
ERA is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing electronic waste
by preventing unwanted computers, laptops, servers, phones, and related
electronic equipment from ending up in landfills or being prematurely
disposed of, or recycled when someone else can still use them. With
facilities in Alberta and British Columbia, the organization provides
refurbished computers to charities, non profits, elderly, and
individuals on AISH and welfare at no charge. For more information
about our operations, secure hard drive shredding services or to donate
your used electronic equipment, visit www.era.ca.
SOURCE: Electronic Recycling Association
For further information:
Communications Manager, ERA
1.877.9EWASTE ext. 105
Trevor Boudreau / Paul Sullivan
email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org