1.877.9EWASTE (392783) [email protected]

Blog

Let’s win REAP’s Be Local Award!

2017 Be Local Awards: Let's Make our Community Proud

ERA has been nominated for REAP Calgary’s Be Local Award for the second year in a row! From September 11th to 17th, 2017 you can vote daily for the Electronic Recycling Association.

The winners are recognized at an awards ceremony on at River Cafe in nine award categories:

  • Favourite micro business: Given to the REAP business with 1-4 employees who receives the most votes through our website.
  • Favourite small business: Given to the REAP business with 5-99 employees who receives the most votes through our website.
  • Favourite medium-large business: Given to the REAP business with 100+ employees who receive the most votes through our website.
  • Favourite non-profit: Given to the REAP non-profit who receives the most votes through our website.
  • *New* Favourite all-star: Given to the previous year's Be Local Awards winner who receives the most votes through our website.
  • Encompassing Energy Leader: Presented by Bullfrog Power to the REAP business with the most comprehensive energy conservation program.
  • Community Economy Leader: Presented by Thrive to the REAP business that is building community economic development - a strong local economy that works better for more people. This business is rooted here and it shows in how it invests in people and places, purchases from fellow local businesses, provide valuable social benefit and supports the community.
  • Empowering Communities Leader: Presented by Vibrant Communities Calgary to a REAP business who is also a Living Wage Leader, effecting meaningful and sustainable progress towards reducing poverty for its employees and communities. Building richness and resilience includes paying a living wage, providing additional forms of compensation, promoting employee wellness, encouraging work-life balance and participating in broader community initiatives.
  • B Corp Leader: Presented by Business Development Bank of Canada, awarded to the REAP member with a B Corp certification that also demonstrates active involvement with its community, employee practices, and environmental stewardship.
Be Local

“ERA’s vision relates to sustainability because sustainability is what they are all about! ERA is dedicated to keeping computers and other electronic waste out of the landfills and in operational condition for as long as possible. When items really are ready to retire, they ensure they are recycled responsibly. Their vision is to educate the public about the problem of growing electronic waste and provide a safe solution.

ERA’s services reduce the environmental impact of improperly discarded equipment. In addition to their reuse and recycling programs, the ERA is committed to proving equipment at no cost to deserving Canadian charities, non-profits, schools, care facilities and other community groups and programs.

Most of ERA’s partners are charitable organizations, all of whom are committed to serving the community. Their corporate partners, those who donate their retiring equipment to ERA, are inherently committed to environmental sustainability through the act of responsible cycling out IT equipment.”

Please vote for us and encourage your family and friends to do the same. And if you want to learn more about other amazing businesses in Calgary, subscribe to receive REAP’s Local Buzz emails at belocal.org.

Capitol Hill Community Cleanup – Calgary

Cleaning up the Community of Capitol Hill

On September 10th, ERA will be onsite at the Capitol Hikk Community Cleanup. ERA has volunteered to collect, remove and process any unwanted electronics brought in by the community. The community cleanup takes place between the hours of 9am and 2pm at the Capitol Hill Community Centre (1531 21 Ave NW). We look forward to cleaning up the community for another year in partnership with the Capitol Hill Community Association.   Capitol Hill Community Cleanup ERA will accept any of the following items, at no cost. Complimentary data removal will be applied to necessary equipment:
  • Tablets
  • Smart Phones
  • Cell Phones
  • Home Phones
  • Handheld Electronics (Mp3 Players, Gaming Consoles etc)
  • Stereo Equipment
  • Gaming Equipment
  • Monitors
  • Personal Computers (desktop and laptop)
  • Mice
  • Keyboards
  • Printers
  • Digital Cameras
  • Computer Parts
  • Misc. Cables
  • External Hard Drives
  • USB Keys & Other Storage Devices
  • Etc.
If you have an item to recycle that is not on this list or have any inquiries, please contact us: [email protected] or 1.877.9EWASTE (1.877.939.2783) Please be advised that the following items will not be accepted:
  • Personal Electronics (Shavers, Toothbrushes etc.)
  • Household Appliances (Microwaves, Blenders, Toasters etc)
  • Kitchen Appliances (Refrigerators, Stoves)
  • Large Televisions
The Rotary Club Receives 20 Laptops

The ERA Partners with the Rotary Club to Help Guatemala Receive Technology

The Electronic Recycling Association was delighted to donate 20 laptops to the Rotary Club of Calgary North. The Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. This Rotary Club works on a project in Guatemala, located in the village of El Aguacate which is approximately 35 km from the City of Guatemala. There is a primary school within the village which is in need of help and guidance.  The school has a population of over 700 children with no form of technology. They have limited funding and are in need of laptops to help the children connect with the world. We were happy to help this school with a donation of 20 laptops which will be utilized for educational purposes and will help each child reach their full potential, academically and socially.   Rotary Club of Calgary North   We wish the Rotary Club of Calgary North all the best in their Guatemala project and future projects. If you would like more information on the Rotary Club of Calgary North and their projects, please visit http://rotaryclubofcalgarynorth.com/ If your company is looking to dispose of their IT equipment and would like it to go to a good home, just like these laptops did, please book a pickup with ERA today!
Inglewood Community Cleanup – Calgary

A Clean Community is a Happy Community

On September 3rd, ERA will be onsite at the Inglewood Community Cleanup. Among ERA will be several other removal groups, ERA has volunteered to collect, remove and process any unwanted electronics brought in by the community. The community cleanup takes place between the hours of 9am and 2pm at the Wildlands parking lot, directly in front of 2240 9th Avenue SE. We look forward to cleaning up the community for another year in partnership with the Inglewood Community Association. Inglewood Community Cleanup ERA will accept any of the following items, at no cost. Complimentary data removal will be applied to necessary equipment:
  • Tablets
  • Smart Phones
  • Cell Phones
  • Home Phones
  • Handheld Electronics (Mp3 Players, Gaming Consoles etc)
  • Stereo Equipment
  • Gaming Equipment
  • Monitors
  • Personal Computers (desktop and laptop)
  • Mice
  • Keyboards
  • Printers
  • Digital Cameras
  • Computer Parts
  • Misc. Cables
  • External Hard Drives
  • USB Keys & Other Storage Devices
  • Etc.
If you have an item to recycle that is not on this list or have any inquiries, please contact us: [email protected] or 1.877.9EWASTE (1.877.939.2783) Please be advised that the following items will not be accepted:
  • Personal Electronics (Shavers, Toothbrushes etc.)
  • Household Appliances (Microwaves, Blenders, Toasters etc)
  • Kitchen Appliances (Refrigerators, Stoves)
  • Large Televisions
ERA: Proud Members of REAP Calgary

REAP-ing up the rewards

ERA have been members of REAP Calgary for quite some time now. REAP stands for Respect for the Earth and All People. They are a not-for-profit association for locally owned businesses that care about the community and the environment. They are at the forefront of the new economy, demonstrating that business can make a fair profit while contributing to healthy and prosperous communities. If you would like to learn more about how each REAP business is contributing to a more vibrant Calgary, click on their Directory.

ERA have been members of REAP Calgary for quite some time now. We have benefited immensely from our relationship with REAP Calgary in many ways Such as the following:
  • Featured articles
  • Promote any events or programs on their calendar
  • Referrals
  • Social media shout outs
We are proud to be members! For more information about this amazing organization, please visit http://www.belocal.org/   REAP Calgary
Camp Kerry Society Receives a Printer

A Heart Felt Donation to an Organization has Touched so Many

We were thrilled to make a donation of a printer to the Camp Kerry Society. This organization was the first ever bereavement retreat in Canada. It offers much more than just a camp. They're invested in changing lives for the better by providing an abundance of year-round services to bereaved families, those living with a terminal illness, and those impacted by death/trauma in the workplace. With their help, children are able to enjoy their childhoods, people regain hope and happiness, and families move forward in their processes of grief by creating positive memories together. Some services they provide include the following: Individual Counselling, Bereavement Retreats, Support Groups, Circles of Strength Online, Youth Program, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Community Choirs. Some ways you can contribute your time to Camp Kerry may involve volunteering, referring a client, becoming a member, Join their campaign or fundraising. Camp Kerry Society If you are looking to donate to this phenomenal organization, please visit their website: http://campkerrysociety.org/donate/ 
ERA Donates Laptops to KISSM

Receiving a Donation of Laptops is like Music to KISSM's Ears

ERA is pleased to donate some laptops to the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music (KISSM). These laptops will hugely benefit KISSM's programs throughout the year. At the moment, these laptops are helping their student workers plan their music programs for next summer. Since 1978 the KISSM has been inspiring youth to follow their passion for the arts. Every July 250 emerging musicians gather for our three-week summer music camp. With over 50 classes, activities, and performance opportunities, KISSM offers a broad spectrum of musical genres. There is something for everyone at this well loved camp. KISSM is a community-based program that inspires children and youth to pursue their interest and passion in music, theatre, and the arts. With its flagship 3-week summer program and additional programs and music partnerships offered and managed year-round, KISSM has been in the community for almost 40 years. It is a not-for-profit organization guided by a volunteer board of directors, who meet monthly, as well as an Executive Director and Music Director who manage the business and artistic side of the organization.   KISSM   For more information about KISSM please visit their website here. If you are a non-profit organization, charity, school or someone who is in need of a laptop or computer, please apply for a donation through our online process below: https://www.era.ca/computer-recycling-apply-for-a-donation/  
ERA Become Members of the Winnipeg Chamber

Building Relationships in the Heart of Winnipeg

Recently, we became members of the Winnipeg Chamber and have started to use their valuable services to our advantage. The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 to address the growing problem of e-waste and the increasing ‘digital divide’. For over ten years, ERA has offered simple solutions to help individuals and organizations prevent operational equipment from premature destruction. With a focus on recovery, refurbishment, and reuse, ERA continuously supplies charitable groups with donated IT equipment while securely managing the retiring IT assets of organizations and individuals across Canada. We believe that reuse before recycling is critical in managing the waste created by computer hardware, and by offering industry leading data destruction for all equipment we receive, we have securely repurposed hundreds of tons of equipment. Because not everything ERA receives can be reasonably repurposed, we have partnered with certified recycling organizations to process equipment that has reached the end of its productive life. Founded in 1873, The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce is the largest organization representing the voice of business in Winnipeg. They have a membership of more than 2,000 companies, representing close to 90,000 employees. The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce uses its position as a community leader, a member business supporter and public policy influencer to advance a city where industry prosperity and community wellness are intertwined. Some of the benefits when becoming a member include the following: Lobbying and Advocacy The Chamber is the Voice of Business, speaking out on issues that affect you and the local business community. Leads, Referrals, and Networking The Chamber is about making connections whether in person at their events, through their membership directory or introductions through Chamber staff. Promoting your Business Joining The Chamber is about raising your profile in the business community. Get your message out in front of the business community through their advertising and sponsorship opportunities. Member Value Programs The Chamber can save you money and make it easier to do business through member benefits such as group insurance, their cost saving programs and discounts on events through their Season Seat Holder packages.
  • They serve the business community and express positions and opinions on relevant issues on behalf of their membership.
  • They actively develop programs which contribute to the social, economic and physical quality of life in Winnipeg, in Manitoba, and in Canada
  • Their mission is to foster an environment in which Winnipeg business can prosper.
For more information about this amazing organization, please visit their website here.
Back to School Promotion

Are you ready for back to school?

It's that time of year again, students returning to school and the workforce heading back to their normal work routine. As the summer comes to a close, it is the perfect time to clean out your storage units and offices of unwanted or used electronics. ERA will take care of your sensitive data and ensure any vulnerable information is securely wiped. Back to School   Until September 30th, 2017, ERA is offering a back to school promotion, where we will come by and pick up your old electronics free of charge (Pickup must contain 10 items or more in order to qualify). Simply gather your unwanted electronic equipment, call our toll-free number 1.877.9EWASTE (1.877.939.2783) and one of our representatives will be more than happy to help. Alternatively, you can simply book online https://www.era.ca/used-laptops-simple-pickup/ or by email [email protected] ERA will accept any of the following items, at no cost. Complimentary data removal will be applied to necessary equipment:
  • Tablets
  • Smart Phones
  • Cell Phones
  • Home Phones
  • Handheld Electronics (Mp3 Players, Gaming Consoles etc)
  • Stereo Equipment
  • Gaming Equipment
  • Monitors
  • Personal Computers (desktop and laptop)
  • Mice
  • Keyboards
  • Printers
  • Digital Cameras
  • Computer Parts
  • Misc. Cables
  • External Hard Drives
  • USB Keys & Other Storage Devices
  • Etc.
If you have an item to recycle that is not on this list or have any inquiries, please contact us: [email protected] or 1.877.9EWASTE (1.877.939.2783) Please be advised that the following items will not be accepted:
  • Personal Electronics (Shavers, Toothbrushes etc.)
  • Household Appliances (Microwaves, Blenders, Toasters etc)
  • Kitchen Appliances (Refrigerators, Stoves)
  • Large Televisions
 
ERA Donates to the Child of the Earth
The ERA was delighted to assist Child of the Earth- Watoto wa Ardhi with a donation of 5 laptops. This organization's mission is to bring hope to the people of the Congo through education, social and economic empowerment. These laptops will solely be used to educate the children and further the progression of the Congo community.

Child of the Earth- Watoto wa Ardhi is dedicated to changing the conditions for the better for the people of the Congo who have been affected by the conflicts. They wish to help the children who lack adequate education as they live in poverty ridden communities as well as broken homes.

"We envision a better future for the women who have always been dependent on the male figure within the culture by rendering them independent through a sustainable project that promotes entrepreneurship initiatives." said Kelly Feruzi, Director at the Child of the Earth- Watoto wa Ardhi.

Child of the Earth

If you would like to learn more about this organization, Please visit their website here.