Charities in Vancouver can't afford computers and struggle, while many go straight to smelters and dismantling plants

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - During these difficult times, everyone is
tightening their belts. Many charities, non profit organizations, and
community groups feel the pinch the most. Donations are small, infrequent, and
few in-between.
    Having computers is a major requirement to carry on most functions any
charitable or non profit organization does. Simple tasks such as, record
keeping, email, and communication efforts, that can be accomplished on very
basic computers are not possible. The charities can't just go and buy a bunch
of computers from the store, so they rely on donations.
    Many people in Vancouver and across BC are very well off, and daily
dispose of thousands of computers, that are too old for them, but still very
much useful to others. Unfortunately BC wide, a program has been setup that
collects mass amounts of computers at bottle depots and other recycling depots
that sends them all to be dismantled or smelted without any reuse efforts. The
3R's are ignored, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. There is a reason recycle is last in
that chain. All of those computers are shipped directly to a smelter or a
dismantling and shredding facility.
    These computers are deemed "end of life" or "useless" without any
inspection, by anyone, and without asking any needy charities, non profits if
they would like them first. Public funds are then automatically spend on
dismantling and smelting these computers and laptops.
    The ERA currently has a huge list of charities on its website, which are
in demand of computers and laptops to carry on their efforts, but
unfortunately they cannot receive them, due to countless computers being
unnecessarily destroyed.

For further information:

For further information: Bojan Paduh, Electronic Recycling Association,
(604) 215-4483,

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