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2016 Highlights

Merry Christmas and Holiday Hours

We would like to take a moment to wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas! We would also like to thank all of our donors for their continued support throughout 2016. That support has allowed us to continue making valuable refurbished tech donations and expand our programs across Canada. We are looking forward to a prosperous year in 2017, and continuing to work with you all. Please note that ERA offices will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd. We will be open for business for the remainder of the Christmas holiday with reduced staff. Please contact us at 1.877.939.2783 if you need to book a pickup or have any additional questions. Merry Christmas from the team at ERA! Merry Christmas
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Vancouver Computer Recycling: Harvest Project Donation

Urban Relief Organization to Receive Tech Donation on Giving Tuesday

The Electronic Recycling Association to present 8 computers to Vancouver’s Harvest Project Vancouver, BC (November 28, 2016) — The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) will be presenting Harvest Project with a donation of 8 computers on November 29th, which is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a nation-wide initiative that promotes giving-back on the Tuesday immediately following the consumer sales and material focus of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. “We are extremely excited to present Harvest Project with this donation on Giving Tuesday,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the ERA. “This donation is one of five we will make on the 29th, totalling nearly 60 computers across 5 cities. It is so important going into the holidays to remember that there are lots of people struggling right now, and Giving Tuesday is a really positive reminder and great platform through which we can give back.” “Harvest Project is very grateful to receive this valuable donation to update and grow our old computing systems. This will directly help us better manage our clients data and lower our overhead so we can channel more funding into our core programs,” Gary Ansell, Executive Director at Harvest Project. Media representatives are invited to attend and cover this donation story as ERA presents Harvest Project with 8 computers. Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Time: 11:00am Location: Harvest Project 1073 Roosevelt Crescent North Vancouver, BC Attendees: The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Harvest Project About the Electronic Recycling Association 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. About Harvest Project Harvest Project is a registered charity - a grassroots, volunteer-driven community organization that reaches out to hundreds of vulnerable people who are facing the threat of urban poverty. We provide a safety-net that is built on helping the whole-person. Our focus: Reaching out to individuals and families on Metro-Vancouver’s North Shore challenged by family break-down, illness, job loss and poverty Providing client-care coaching + counsel, grocery + clothing support, emergency drop-in help, Clothes For Change thrift shop Impacting the community by breaking the poverty cycle and restoring people to participation in work, school and a healthier family life We look to our neighbours across Metro-Vancouver for our resources – volunteering, providing donated goods (groceries) and 100 % of our financial support. Returning our neighbours to stable, healthier lives not only transforms their lives, but benefits the whole community. Harvest Project ‘extends a hand up, not a hand-out’. — 30 — Media inquiries may be directed to: Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association Phone: 403-262-4488 kristi@era.ca Kevin Lee Communications Officer Harvest Project Phone: 604-983-9488 kevinl@harvestproject.org
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Calgary Computer Recycling: Inn from the Cold Donation

Family Emergency Shelter to Receive Tech Donation on Giving Tuesday

The Electronic Recycling Association to present 11 computers to Calgary’s Inn from the Cold Calgary, AB (November 23, 2016) — The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) will be presenting Inn from the Cold with a donation of 11 computers on November 29th, which is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a nation-wide initiative that promotes giving-back on the Tuesday immediately following the consumer sales and material focus of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. “We are extremely excited to present Inn from the Cold with this donation on Giving Tuesday. Their service is essential for people who have been unable to find help anywhere else,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of ERA. “This is one of five donations we will make on the 29th, totalling nearly 60 computers across five cities. It is so important going into the holidays to remember that there are lots of people struggling right now, and Giving Tuesday is a really positive reminder and great platform through which we can give back.” Open 24/7, Inn from the Cold acts as an agency of last resort for children and families with nowhere else to go and they turn no family away. "We are thrilled with this generous donation of high quality desktop computers from the Electronic Recycling Association,” said Lynn Cox, resource development & communications manager at Inn from the Cold. “Gift in kind donations that contribute to our operations are extremely helpful and allow us to channel more of our resources to critical needs to support homeless children and their families in Calgary." Media representatives are invited to attend and cover this donation story as ERA presents Inn from the Cold with 11 computers. Date:             Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Time:             11:00am Location:     Inn from the Cold 106, 110-11th Avenue SE Calgary, AB Attendees:  The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Inn from the Cold  About the Electronic Recycling Association 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. About Inn from the Cold For almost twenty years, Inn from the Cold has operated as an agency of last resort for those children and their families who find themselves with no place else to go. They go far beyond the provision of basic needs and offer shelter, sanctuary, and healing through an integrated continuum of services. Their door is open 24/7, 365 days a year and they turn no family away. Vision: A community where no child or family is homeless. Mission: Inn from the Cold offers shelter, sanctuary and healing to assist homeless children and their families achieve independence. — 30 — Media enquiries may be directed to:   Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association Phone: 403-262-4488 kristi@era.ca Lynn Cox Resource Development & Communications Manager Inn from the Cold Phone: 403-473-3262 lynn@innfromthecold.org
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Computer and Laptop Donations Toronto

Wychwood Open Door and Chai Lifeline Toronto Receive Computer Donations

Now that we have opened a full service depot in Toronto, we are pleased to share 2 donations we made in the area this morning. First, we delivered a donation to Wychwood Open Door, an organization focused on reducing social isolation, boosting nutrition and helping develop life skills among homeless and socially isolated people. They believe that no one in their neighbourhood should go hungry or without basic support systems. The donated computers will help staff continue to deliver helpful programs. Toronto Wychwood donation Next, we visited the team at Chai Lifeline Toronto. Their mission is to help children, and the families of children, who have been diagnosed with a serious illness. Families literally can be torn apart as one parent moves into the hospital to be with the sick child. Siblings, already worried about a brother’s or sister’s health, suffer greatly when their daily routines are disrupted. The financial devastation that can occur when one parent misses work for extended periods of time or leaves work entirely to care for their child can upset even the best-functioning family unit. Chai Lifeline Canada steps in, offering whatever is needed. Counseling for each member of the family, volunteers who bring an extra measure of adult attention and stability to children’s lives, tutoring for children who must miss school for extended periods of time, family retreats, special sibling programs, information, peer and professional support, and two extraordinary summer camp programs for seriously ill children help families retain a sense of normalcy and hope while fighting even the most dire pediatric diseases. All programs are free of charge. Toronto Chai Lifeline Thank-you to all of our amazing donors for supporting our cause, and allowing us to continue making valuable technology donations! Contact us today to book a pick-up for your unwanted computer equipment: info@era.ca, 1.877.939.2783 (1.877.9EWASTE)  
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Canadian Fallen Heroes Remembrance Day Donation

We were honored to visit the Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation today to deliver a donation of 5 computers. Our second donation to the Foundation, the donated computers are used by staff, students and volunteers to compile detailed and valuable memorials for Canadian men and women who have lost their lives at war. Remembrance Day donation

The weeks leading up to Remembrance Day are some of the Foundation's busiest, but they work year-round in support of their mission.

Speaking with Bob Cowie, the Foundation's Research & Fund Development Manager for Western Canada, we learned about what the group is doing and why. Working tireless, they research archives and other resources to identify lost soldiers and details about their lives, which are them uploaded onto their website and transposed onto memorial plaques, often displayed at local Legion locations. This process allows them to properly recognize soldiers, while giving younger generations more insight to the past and how it affected our society. Remembrance day is an important time to take pause and honor our fallen soldiers, but they work to keep the memory live year-round. "The Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation has partnered with private and public organizations to put a face to the fallen, to share a glimpse into the lives of our soldiers and preserve their memory through memorial. Oak framed prints have been created for and are on display in over 500 communities and thousands more are recognized here where they can be found by visiting In Memoriam and can be searched by name or by the town they once called home." As we head into Remembrance Day long weekend, Bob stressed the importance of recognizing that much of what we have - the freedoms and general safety we feel - depended on the efforts of these soldiers. We hope you will take a moment tomorrow to remember the men and women we have lost. There are several ways to get involved with the group, please visit their website for more information and consider contributing to their extremely deserving cause. While they have already successfully memorialized around 10,000 fallen soldiers, they have a long way to go to ensure nobody gets forgotten. As a registered charitable organization, their work is funded through donations.
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Budget Friendly Ways to Give Back in YYC

CBC News reported this week that lots of local charities have experienced a 40 to 50 percent drop in donations this year. It’s been an extremely hard year for many Albertans, which means that the services offered by these charities are in higher demand than ever, while their ability to deliver these essential services has diminished. There are ways to support local charities and vulnerable community members without making cash donations. We’ve found some really creative ways to give back without spending any extra money this holiday season. You would be surprised to discover that household items you no longer need or use could make a big difference to someone currently going without. And choosing to purchase things you need regardless from businesses who give back in a tangible way can also make a big impact.

Here are a some free ways to give back in YYC

budget-friendly Donate bottles and cans: Save yourself a trip to the bottle depot and donate these space hogging recyclables to KidSport (http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/alberta/calgary/our-partners/recycle-for-life-partners/). They’ll even pick them up right from your home. Your donation will help KidSport provide support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport. Donate household items: Replacing some furniture, or just have gently used pieces collecting dust in your basement or garage? Or children’s clothing that’s still in good shape but your child has outgrown? Donate them to the Women in Need Society. Here’s their current wishlist: http://www.womeninneed.net/donate/wish-list/, and they’ll come pick items up too. Items donated to WINS help vulnerable families and individuals meet their basic needs while they work toward self-sufficiency. Got credit card points? Yep, you can donate those too (sometimes). Lots of financial institutions offer the option to donate your points (translating into a cash donation) to charity, with the specifics varying from bank to bank. See your bank’s website for details, or check out this list: http://canada.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/charity-credit_cards-1264/ If your financial institution doesn’t have this option, consider asking why not next time you call them. After all, you’re earning points for purchases you need to make anyway. Donate computers and old electronics: We all have an old computer or cell phone at home collecting dust. Clear them out this year and donate them to us! We’ll safely remove any data on equipment, refurbish what we can, and provide donations to vulnerable members of the community. We also have a fundraising program that, much like a bottle drive, results in a weight-based (cash) rebate that can be donated to the charity of your choice. Here’s a list of accepted items: https://www.era.ca/electronic-recycling-accepted-items/. ERA also offers pickup services. Donate unused gift cards: If you have a gift card sitting around that you haven’t used, consider donating it. You may even be eligible for a tax receipt. Canada Revenue Agency notes on its website that gift card donations are accepted as long as it’s clear what the value of the card is. You can donate leftovers! Well, you can support these businesses who do. We love this idea, and LeftOvers Calgary has taken thousands of pounds of fresh/perishable food that would have otherwise been thrown away (and, worldwide, half of all food produced is thrown away and wasted), and delivered it to charities including Calgary Drop-In Centre, Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, Alpha House, Making Changes Association and Inn from the Cold. Cobbs Bread alone has donated almost 19,000 pounds of food to date! This means that vulnerable Calgarians get better access to fresh produce, bread and meat – things lots of us take for granted. Check out their list here: http://rescuefood.ca/what-we-do/ Do business with companies committed to giving back: How and where you choose to spend your money is powerful. There are hundreds of Canadian companies who are dedicated to giving back. By choosing to do business with or purchase from any of these organizations, you inherently support their charitable programs. Here’s the list: https://charityvillage.com/directories/funders/corporate-funding-programs.aspx (this may not be complete, but its a great start) Donate time: Even if you’re short on money, your time can always make a big difference. And sometimes time is the most valuable commodity. Did you know that there are hundreds of seniors in our city who will spend the holiday season alone? Your time could make a huge difference to one of them! Calgary Senior’s Resource Society (http://www.calgaryseniors.org/) can set you up. If that doesn’t work for you, almost all charities are in need of some type of volunteer, so visit your favorite charity’s website to find out more. Hopefully you can utilize one of these options to give back in YYC soon. For charitable organizations, every little bit helps, even if it seems small. If we’ve missed one that you'd like to see featured, please let us know.
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Winnipeg Computer Recycling: Riverton & District Friendship Centre Donation

Community Assistance Group to Receive Tech Donation on Giving Tuesday

The Electronic Recycling Association to present 14 computers to Manitoba’s Riverton & District Friendship Centre Winnipeg, MB (November 23, 2016) — The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) will be presenting Riverton & District Friendship Centre (Friendship Centre) with a donation of 14 computers on November 29th, which is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a nation-wide initiative that promotes giving-back on the Tuesday immediately following the consumer sales and material focus of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. “We are extremely excited to present Friendship Centre with this donation on Giving Tuesday,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of ERA. “This donation is one of five we will make on the 29th, totalling nearly 60 computers across 5 cities. It is so important going into the holidays to remember that there are lots of people struggling right now, and Giving Tuesday is a really positive reminder and great platform through which we can give back.” Friendship Centre acts as a referral service to anyone wishing to contact officials of the provincial, municipal or federal governments and agencies in such areas as employment assistance, housing, pensions, employment insurance and income tax. "With the addition of 14 new computers for our centre we will be able to provide a wider range of access for the Community,” says Tanis Grimolfson, executive director of Friendship Centre. “Many of our clients from the north are shy about using the computers and/or asking for help at the school, but find it easier to ask for help here at the Centre. During the day locals who do not have a home computer come in to read something online, or write a book, or learn more before they buy a personal computer. Having more available that can be set up for different types of use only adds to our support of Riverton and the surrounding areas." Media representatives are invited to attend and cover this donation story as ERA presents Friendship Centre with 14 computers. Date:             Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Time:             11:00am Location:     Riverton & District Friendship Centre 53 Laura Ave Riverton, Manitoba Attendees:  The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Tanis Grimolfson, executive director, Friendship Centre About the Electronic Recycling Association 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. About Riverton & District Friendship Centre The Friendship Centre acts as a referral service to anyone wishing to contact officials of the Provincial, Municipal or Federal governments and agencies in such areas as employment assistance, housing, pensions, employment insurance and income tax. The centre’s most important aim is to bring about a much greater degree of fellowship between the native members of the community. In addition, to make the greatest possible effort in striving to secure rights and opportunities for all persons regardless of background. — 30 — Media enquiries may be directed to: Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association Phone: 403-262-4488 kristi@era.ca Tanis Grimolfson Executive Director Riverton & District Friendship Centre Phone: 204-378-2800 rdfc@mymts.net
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Computer Recycling Canada: Giving Tuesday Computer Donations

Three Charities to Receive Thirty Donated Computers on Giving Tuesday

The Electronic Recycling Association to present computers to charities in BC, AB and MB

Giving Tuesday 2016 Calgary, AB (November 23, 2016) — The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) will be presenting Harvest Project in Vancouver, Inn from the Cold in Calgary and Riverton & District Friendship Center in Manitoba with donated  computers on November 29th, which is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a nation-wide initiative that promotes giving-back on the Tuesday immediately following the consumer sales and material focus of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. “We are extremely excited to present these donations on Giving Tuesday. Each of these charities provides essential services for people experiencing hardship, and they are in dire need of technology to keep up” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of ERA. “It is so important going into the holidays to remember that there are thousands of Canadians struggling right now.  Giving Tuesday is a really positive reminder and great platform through which we can give back.” Harvest Project will receive 8 computers, Inn from the Cold will receive 11 computers and Riverton & District Friendship Center will receive 14 computers. Media representatives are invited to attend and cover these donation stories.
Recipient Harvest Project Inn from the Cold Riverton & District Friendship Centre
Date Tuesday, November 29 2016 Tuesday, November 29 2016 Tuesday, November 29 2016
Time 11:00am (PT) 11:00am (MST) 11:00am (CT)
Location 1073 Roosevelt Crescent North Vancouver, BC 106, 110-11th Avenue SE Calgary, AB 53 Laura Ave Riverton, Manitoba
Attendees The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Harvest Project The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Inn from the Cold The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Tanis Grimolfson, executive director, Friendship Centre
About the Electronic Recycling Association 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. About Harvest Project Harvest Project is a community-based urban relief organization. For more than 23 years, Harvest Project has been reaching out to those who are experiencing extreme challenges with family break-downs, illness, job loss, and poverty. As a social enterprise, their programs provide individual client-coaching and active-listening, provision of food, clothing supports, assistance for workforce re-entry, food-recovery and redistribution, and their retail Clothes For Change Thrift Boutique. http://www.harvestproject.org/ About Inn from the Cold For almost twenty years, Inn from the Cold has operated as an agency of last resort for those children and their families who find themselves with no place else to go. They go far beyond the provision of basic needs and offer shelter, sanctuary, and healing through an integrated continuum of services. Their door is open 24/7, 365 days a year and they turn no family away. http://innfromthecold.org/ Vision: A community where no child or family is homeless. Mission: Inn from the Cold offers shelter, sanctuary and healing to assist homeless children and their families achieve independence. About Riverton & District Friendship Centre The Friendship Centre acts as a referral service to anyone wishing to contact officials of the Provincial, Municipal or Federal governments and agencies in such areas as employment assistance, housing, pensions, employment insurance and income tax. The centre’s most important aim is to bring about a much greater degree of fellowship between the native members of the community. In addition, to make the greatest possible effort in striving to secure rights and opportunities for all persons regardless of background. http://www.rivertonfc.com/ — 30 — Media enquiries may be directed to:
Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association Phone: 403-262-4488 kristi@era.ca Joe McGuinness Community Engagement Coordinator Harvest Project Phone: 604-983-9488 x314 JoeM@harvestproject.org Lynn Cox Resource Development & Communications Manager Inn from the Cold Phone: 403-473-3262 lynn@innfromthecold.org Tanis Grimolfson Executive Director Riverton & District Friendship Centre Phone: 204-378-2800 rdfc@mymts.net
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Salvation Army Computer Donation

ERA and the Salvation Army: Belkin House

We have been working with BC’s Salvation Army Belkin House for a number of years, providing computer donations for their programs and people accessing them. This snapshot is of a recent recipient. Receiving donated computer equipment means charities can focus spending where it is most needed and where it makes the biggest difference – in program development. And it means recipients can improve their quality of life with access to necessary technology. Salvation Army Donation Belkin House is a Residential Program Facility in the heart of Vancouver dedicated to “Breaking barriers – transforming lives”. They exist to assist the homeless and those at risk of homelessness to become self-sufficient and independent through the reduction of physical, emotional, social and spiritual barriers. Visit their website for more information or to get involved: http://belkinhouse.ca/ If you have unwanted computer equipment, consider donating it to ERA. You'll free up useful storage space, and it could make a real difference to someone. If your equipment can’t be reused, we’ll make sure it is recycled responsibly, and regardless of the next step for your equipment we always professionally remove all data, free of charge.
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Door to Door Secure Hard Drive Shredding Arrives in Toronto

The Electronic Recycling Association launches mobile hard drive shredding in Ontario Toronto, ON (November 9, 2016) – The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is pleased to announce that they are now offering mobile hard drive destruction in the Toronto area. ERA already offers the service across Canada, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec. ERA, a not for profit organization, has been reducing unnecessary e-waste and its adverse environmental contribution through the recovery, refurbishment and donation of electronic and IT equipment since 2004. Data security is one of the primary reasons businesses and individuals don’t recycle unwanted equipment, and ERA’s powerful mobile hard drive shredders provide a cost-effective, convenient and secure solution. “We are excited to now offer door-to-door, mobile hard drive shredding in Toronto.” Says Bojan Paduh, president of ERA. “We listened to what our partners were saying, and have removed their biggest concern: data security.  There is huge demand for this service in Canada, and we are looking forward to making safe and responsible e-waste disposal a streamlined process for everyone. Our hope is that by removing risk, people will be more comfortable and likely to dispose of unwanted equipment in an environmentally responsible manner.” Upon request, the hard drive shredders are delivered to businesses and set-up, including a brief training session on their operation. Alternatively, businesses can have their hard drives picked up and destroyed at one of ERA’s warehouses, with a video recording of the destruction and serial number certificate provided following the service. ERA’s Toronto depot is located at 8 491 Brimley Rd Toronto, ON. Equipment can be dropped off at this location for reuse or recycling. Pickup and physical data destruction services can be arranged by calling 416 477 0664. Pickup and physical data destruction services in other regions can be arranged by visiting ERA’s website: www.era.ca. – 30 – About the Electronic Recycling 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.    
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