Vancouver, BC computer and electronic recycling program stinks of big business and politics

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - During tough economic times, it is especially
important not to be wasteful, and allow big business to take away
opportunities and jobs from the community organizations that can benefit
greatly from 100's of old computers and laptops currently in Encorp
warehouses, to which nobody is allowed access.
    Encorp manages the recycling program. ERA and organizations like it are
not allowed to collect electronics with the program just as many bottle depots
and Salvation army stores do, because of the fact that we reuse the good ones
    This program is supposed to be about saving the environment, yet 1000's
of nice laptops and computers that are dropped off at bottle depots and other
Encorp depots get destroyed.
    Encorp will even pay up to $200 / ton to these depots for ALL electronic,
yet if ERA even reuses 1 laptop and gives it to a charity or poor person, we
are not entitled to be a part of the program.
    Encorp and BC government will not advertise ERA, or any organization or
companies like it, for example Computers for Schools or used computer stores,
as options for people. Their board of directors has a direct conflict of
interest if these computers are reused.
    Manufacturers and retailers that sit on that board profit greatly if used
computers are taken off the market and destroyed, rather than given to
charities or poor people. Therefore companies that reuse them are not an
option for this supposed green and environmental recycling program.
    Salvation Army stores resell computers and tvs. I dropped off my TV and
computer at a few Salvation Army stores, and a few days later they were
selling it. That is not fair to allow them into the program and not ERA,
Computers for Schools, and many other non profit organizations and used
computer stores.
    Happy Stans Recycling - I dropped off a nice laptop and working lcd
monitor there too, and saw a lot of laptops and computers... they wouldnt sell
them. But that brings up the issue of, what is happening to them? Are we
melting down useful laptops and computers including the ones I dropped off, or
are they being sold secretly?

For further information:

For further information: Bojan Paduh, ERA, 1-877-9-EWASTE,

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