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ERA Partners with Calgary MLA Alana DeLong to Pay it Forward
Yesterday was a pretty exciting day at the ERA. We had the pleasure of traveling around Calgary with Calgary-Bow MLA Alana DeLong delivering computers to several Calgary charities: Simon House Recovery Centre, Resicare Society and Wood's Homes Bowness. Ms DeLong personally chose the organizations who benefited from yesterday's donations. “I am so happy that the ERA are there to make good use of these computers,” she said, “(and) my constituents will really benefit from this generous donation." We would like to thank Ms DeLong for her participation in the donations, “It’s great to have Alana’s support,” said ERA's founder. “When a respected public official gets behind something it really sets an example for the community, it highlights the worthiness of our cause and the necessity of continued community support to keep our donation programs going.” [caption id="attachment_123" align="aligncenter" width="691"]Donation to Wood's Homes (L-R): MLA Alana DeLong, Wood’s Homes Director Peter Wittig and Jessica Lifely from ERA (Front): Peter and Jasmine Donation to Wood's Homes (L-R): MLA Alana DeLong, Wood’s Homes Director Peter Wittig and Jessica Lifely from ERA
(Front): Peter and Jasmine[/caption] We were lucky to meet several of the recipients of the laptops donated to Wood's Homes, who were excited about the computers that would help them make their lives more manageable. “Thank you so much for the new laptop. It means a lot to me. Now I can get a hand in college.” – Jasmine “Thank you for helping connect me to my family back home.” – Peter At Resicare Society we received a warm greeting from some lovely staff and residents, also excited about their new computers. [caption id="attachment_124" align="aligncenter" width="698" class=" "]Resicare residents vying for the camera Resicare Society's staff and residents vying for the camera[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_125" align="aligncenter" width="695"]Simon House Feb 17 Several recipients at Simon House Recovery Centre happy to receive their laptops[/caption] It really inspiring to see how technology can impact a person's life and bring people together. We at the ERA would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to all of our valued donors, who make it possible to keep doing what we do.
University e-waste collection: Future Environmental Leaders Pitch in For Progress
The Electronic Recycling Association is pleased to announce our first university e-waste collection of 2015, happening this month. Working with the Student's Association of Mount Royal University and the Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection (LEAP) club, the ERA will host a week-long event at the University. During this event, the ERA will have key staff on hand to answer questions about e-waste while providing a convenient drop off location for students and faculty to safely dispose of unwanted electronic gadgets. ERA is committed to raising awareness about e-waste, and we believe a great place to start is with our future environmental leaders. We offer universities our collection services at no cost, and will provide event collateral, collection receptacles, professional data wiping and collection of all equipment collected, and staffing for the duration of the collection. Hosting a university e-waste collection is a great way to get your peers involved  in the green movement while also supporting a great cause. MRU collection Feb 23 to 27 We hope to see you there! If you would like to inquire about booking a similar event at your institution, please contact [email protected]
ERA’s Adopt-a-Family Wraps Up – Literally!
Today was a great day at the Electronic Recycling Association! Several of our staff members put together a package filled with gifts and delivered it to a Calgary family in need as part of our inaugural "ERA's Adopt-a-Family" program. Giving back is important to us, so helping a family in need during the holiday season seemed like a perfect way to round out the year. The family, who rely on a single income to support three young children and an aging family member with health concerns requiring full-time care, was very grateful for the help. The family's mother noted that "this year we are struggling more so because some of our support has been cut and need to put what we have towards necessities. Words cannot describe how happy and grateful we would be to be accepted in your program this year, it would be the best gift of all." The ERA put together a package for the family, including several fun gifts and books for each child, gift cards to cover the cost of a great holiday feast and a date night out for the parents, as well as a refurbished laptop. We are grateful to be able to help members of our community, and look forward to hearing about all of the other wonderful things happening this holiday season. How do you or your company give back throughout the holidays? Let us know, we would love to hear about it! [caption id="attachment_93" align="alignnone" width="714"]ERA feeling very festive wrapping up all these gifts! ERA feeling very festive wrapping up all these gifts![/caption]   Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy holiday season!
#GivingTuesday is Here! The ERA is Delivering Christmas Early to 60 Families through a Donation of Computers
Christmas comes early for 60 immigrant youth and families Local businessman gives back through donation of computers to Calgary newcomers adjusting to life in Canada Donation of Computers to Calgary Bridge Foundation on Giving Tuesday CALGARY, Alta —Today, the ERA will donate 60 personal computers to a local charity -The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY), so they can be distributed to high-needs immigrant youth and families within their programs. Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), received a donated computer shortly after he and his family immigrated to Canada nearly two decades ago. Now, through a partnership facilitated by Alberta’s Promise, this good deed will be paid forward. Too often, the lack of a computer creates challenge for immigrant families, especially those from low-income backgrounds. “I’ve been in the shoes of these youth, rapidly trying to learn a new language and culture without the support systems or comforts of home, and I know how isolating it can be. A computer can help with the transition in a lot of ways,” says Paduh. “I am grateful to be able to give back to a cause I feel so strongly about, especially during the holiday season.” When newcomers arrive to Calgary they focus on finding a home, acquiring a job and ensuring their kids are safe, settled and able to find a sense of belonging. “These computers will be essential for some of our newcomer youth and families who are unable to access a computer because accessibility and financial constraints. Families will be given the opportunity to expand their community networks, enrich their digital literacy skills, locate the information resources they need to empower their skills and stay connected with their families abroad,” says Umashanie Reddy, executive director of CBFY. One of the recipients of a computer is a young single mom with two children, who must travel by bus to a friend’s place so her son can access a computer to complete homework and to communicate by Skype with his grandparents back in the Philippines. Another young woman who will be receiving a computer wants to take online courses to improve her English and find work. These are just some of individuals whose lives are going to be impacted in a huge way through this donation. This donation of computers was made possible through a partnership facilitated by Alberta’s Promise, a provincial initiative that works with businesses, non-profits and community partners to match needs and resources for children and youth in our communities. “Thousands of immigrants begin a new life in Alberta each year. Thanks to the partnership efforts of two Promise Partners, newcomers to Calgary will find the transition more manageable,” says Judy Eng-Hum, Executive Director of Alberta’s Promise. To the families accessing CBFY’s programs, a computer is more than a piece of equipment. It is the ability to complete and submit schoolwork, look up transit schedules and maps, find a grocery store, connect with their families back home, translate a word they do not understand, or submit a job application. To them, a computer is an opportunity to be empowered and succeed in Canadian society. The ERA will deliver a truck full of computers to CBFY at 10am. About the Electronic Recycling Association Established in 2004, the ERA specializes in waste electronics management, reuse and recycling in Canada. We are unwaveringly committed to reducing electronic waste by extending their lifecycle through electronics donating services, recycling non-reusable electronics, computers, laptops, phones and more. With depots all across Canada, the ERA provides a great way to recycle electronic equipment safely and securely. About the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth CBFY is a non-profit agency that helps over 10,000 immigrant youth and families successfully integrate into Calgary each year. The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth engages immigrant youth and families to fulfill their potential in Canadian society About Alberta’s Promise Alberta’s Promise is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth by giving the young people of this province every opportunity to realize their full potential. Since 2003, the organization has worked with business, non-profit and community partners to pair needs and resources and enhance local resources for kids and their families. — 30 — Note: Several recipients of the computer donations will be available on-location for interviews with media. Media enquiries may be directed to: Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association Work: 403-262-4488 ext 104 [email protected] Simone Brown Senior Resource Development Officer The Calgary Bridge Foundation Work: 403-930-2749 Cell: 403-966-4434 [email protected] Cristina Cernucan Marketing Strategist Alberta’s Promise Work: 403-297-7497 Cell: 403-999-7921 [email protected]
Not Just Computers: Recycle Other Electronics With ERA

You probably know by now that computers can be recycled, but have you ever wondered how to recycle other electronics?

As you put together your shopping list this holiday season, remember to keep in mind that new electronic gifts often take the place of outdated items. Make room for the new gadgets your family will receive this year by bringing your outdated items in for recycling. Your unwanted item could even end up under someone else's tree this year, bringing joy to a family in need.

We wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that we accept a whole lot more than just computers. You probably already know we can reuse or recycle any of these:

  regular electronics  
You Can Recycle Other Electronics, Even Unusual Ones, With ERA. We'll even pick them up.
recycle other electronics with ERA We can recycle other electronics, and have accepted items such as: juke boxes and other stereo equipment, a flight simulator, old arcade games, projectors, cameras, walkmans, gaming equipment, broken computer parts, cables and cords, answering machines, VLTs, head phones and a whole lot more. If you're not sure, call us: 1.877.9EWASTE, and we will do everything we can to help you clear out your old items.
Vancouver MLA David Eby and Local Non-Profit Present Computers to the City’s Most Vulnerable
The Electronic Recycling Association and David Eby present donated laptops to Kitsilano Neighbourhood House in support of their programs

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[caption id="attachment_117" align="aligncenter" width="349" class=" "]David Eby and the ERA at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House Feb 13 2015 David Eby and the ERA at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House Feb 13 2015[/caption] Vancouver, BC — February 13, 2015 — The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), along with Vancouver MLA David Eby, will be presenting Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (KNH) with a donation of five laptops. “We are grateful to have David Eby’s support and active participation in our donation program,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the ERA. “It is great to see the community rally around a local charity like KNH.” KNH has a range of programs tailored to suit the unique needs of families, seniors, youth and preteens, communities and children. This donation will ensure funding is used to support program development rather than to purchase equipment. “I’m so glad to see the efforts of two strong, community building non-profits working together to improve lives for people in our neighbourhoods,” says David Eby, “both Kits House and the Electronics Recycling Association make a difference for so many people – congratulations to both of them for partnering to introduce a vital service for seniors, families and vulnerable people in Kitsilano.” The ERA and David Eby will deliver the laptops to KNH at 3:00pm on Friday, February 13. About the Electronics Recycling Association Established in 2004, the ERA specializes in waste electronics management, reuse and recycling in Canada. We are unwaveringly committed to reducing electronic waste by extending their lifecycle through electronics donating services, recycling non-reusable electronics, computers, laptops, phones and more. With depots all across Canada, the ERA provides a great way to recycle electronic equipment safely and securely. About Kitsilano Neighbourhood House Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, member of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC, is a registered non-profit, charity organization dedicated to meeting the needs of those most vulnerable as well as providing an opportunity for everybody in our community to get together and be engaged. We offer many different programs like volunteer-led English Conversation Circles, weekly hot lunches for seniors, childcare and much more. Kitsilano Neighbourhood House is the only Neighbourhood House on the Westside and serves many different communities like Kitsilano, Dunbar, Arbutus Ridge and Point Grey.

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Media enquiries may be directed to: Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association Phone: 403-262-4488 ext 104 [email protected] ###
Data Security and Environmental Sustainability Don’t Have to be Incompatible
  recycle hard drivesWhen we talk about security failures within an organization, data breaches might not be the first thing to come to mind. Despite that, a data breach could be the most expensive and damaging security threat out there. While organizations are evolving to be better at protecting data on current devices, when a company hardware update rolls around often times data security is compromised in the process. Personal computers are also at great risk, and are often disposed without thorough consideration of data security. One improperly discarded hard drive could give a thief all the information they need to assume your identity: credit card numbers, banking passwords, social insurance numbers, email passwords and more. And in a world of extremely tech-savvy thieves, the information wouldn’t even be hard to retrieve or use. The good news is that protecting yourself and all of your sensitive information is well within your control. There are endless options for getting rid of unwanted equipment: it can be sold, donated, refurbished, destroyed utilizing shredders or sent to a recycling facility. So what’s the best option for responsible disposal of equipment while maintaining maximum data security? Let’s start with a few common processes for data erasure, in order of effectiveness: 1. Delete files by factory reset or emptying the Recycle Bin: There are still many people who don’t know that pressing delete on a computer doesn’t delete a file at all, just the pointers to the file. When files are removed by emptying the Recycle Bin or Trash the OS removes the list of those files from the hard drive, but the actual files stay on the hard drive until they are overwritten, and they are easily retrievable. Unless you plan to give your device to a trusted friend, this option is not ideal. 2. Degaussing: This method of data erasure utilizes a machine that produces a strong electromagnetic field which destroys data recorded on the storage device. In the past, this method was highly effective, but with the advent of hard drives with much thicker shielding there is no way to guarantee the electromagnetic field produced by a particular degaussing machine will be strong enough to effectively destroy all, or any, data. This option is fast but offers no guarantees, and it can only be used on magnetic media. 3. Delete files using data erasure software: While these tools range in effectiveness and cost, their basic premise is to rearrange the binary code of data stored on the hard drive, essentially scrambling it beyond reorientation. Depending on the size of your storage device and how thoroughly you want data scrambled, this can be a time consuming option. If this is the route you choose, make sure the erasure software you select has been proven effective. 4. Physically destroy the data: Wherever it is, on a hard drive, USB, disk or other storage device, physically destroying the device ensures data is irretrievable. This can be accomplished using a specialized shredder. While this option offers 100% security, it is the most costly and it also eliminates the potential to reuse an item that may otherwise be in acceptable working order. Hard drive shredder The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is extremely familiar with data destruction, effectively wiping data from hundreds of machines every day. The ERA utilizes both data erasure software and physical shredding methods. The software based solution we use is called Blancco, a data sanitization software which employs a random array, multiple pass approach to scrambling data. Our physical destruction comes by way of Ameri-Shred Hard Drive Shredders, of which we own several. Drives can be destroyed by the ERA or the units can be rented, so organizations can take care of shredding their own devices – without them ever leaving their premises. Both of these options are available for all storage devices, personal or commercial in origin. Both of these methods are effective, and the ERA provides detailed reporting on all equipment that goes through data sanitization. Software based solutions are ideal in consideration of reuse opportunities and ultimately the environment, but physical destruction is always an option in the event security protocol is not satisfied by software based sanitization. Don’t let fear of a data breach stop you from safely disposing of your equipment; the options available to protect data security upon equipment retirement leave little to no chance of data getting into the wrong hands. Keep in mind that not all organizations claiming to protect the data on your unwanted equipment handle it in the same way, so be sure to do ample research and request detailed documentation of destruction. Or, send your old equipment to the ERA, where experienced techs safely process equipment every day and you can be assured of both data security and environmental sustainability.
Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre to Receive Computers
Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre to Receive Computers  
The Electronic Recycling Association and Wayne Cao Present the Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre with 5 Laptops in Support of their Programs
 CALGARY, Alta — December 4, 2014 — The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), along with Calgary MLA Wayne Cao, will be presenting Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre (Sunrise) with a donation of five laptops this Friday. “We are thrilled that Mr. Cao wanted to participate in this donation,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the ERA. “It is great to see the community rally around a local charity like Sunrise.” Sunrise is committed to collaborating with individuals and families in east Calgary to address vulnerabilities and facilitate personal development through resources and support while engaging them in contributing to the resilience of their communities. “Sunrise plans to use the laptops for a future life skills program we are planning to implement in the new year,” says Shauna Parks, executive director of SCLRC. “The laptops will be used by participants enrolled in the program and will assist in meeting their learning goals.” The ERA will deliver the laptops to Sunrise’s office at 3:30pm on Friday, December 5.  About the Electronics Recycling Association Established in 2004, the ERA specializes in waste electronics management, reuse and recycling in Canada. We are unwaveringly committed to reducing electronic waste by extending their lifecycle through electronics donating services, recycling non-reusable electronics, computers, laptops, phones and more. With depots all across Canada, the ERA provides a great way to recycle electronic equipment safely and securely. About Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre Sunrise meets the needs of families and individuals in East Calgary that are experiencing poverty or a significant life event or crisis by helping them overcome adversity and build skills. Sunrise provides help for today and hope for tomorrow. — 30 —   Media enquiries may be directed to:  
Kristi GartnerMarketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association Work: 403-262-4488 ext 104 [email protected] Shauna ParksExecutive Director Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre Work: 403-204-8280 Ext. 105 [email protected]
 
Donation of Computers: Christmas Comes Early for 60 Immigrant Youth and Families
Donation of computers to Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth MEDIA NOTICE NOVEMBER 27, 2014 Christmas comes early for 60 immigrant youth and families Local businessman gives back through donation of computers to Calgary newcomers adjusting to life in Canada  CALGARY, AB —Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), received a donated computer shortly after he and his family immigrated to Canada nearly two decades ago. Now, through a partnership facilitated by Alberta’s Promise, this good deed will be paid forward. On Dec. 2, the ERA will deliver 60 personal computers to the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY) so they can be distributed to high-needs youth and families within their programs. Too often, the lack of a computer creates challenge for immigrant families, especially those from low-income backgrounds. When newcomers arrive to Calgary they focus on finding a home, acquiring a job and ensuring their kids are safe, settled and able to find a sense of belonging. To them a computer is more than a piece of equipment - it is the ability to complete and submit schoolwork, look up transit schedules and maps, find a grocery store, connect with their families back home, translate a word they do not understand, or submit a job application. To them, a computer is an opportunity to be empowered and succeed in Canadian society. Media representatives are invited to attend and cover this partnership success story as ERA delivers a full truck of computers to the CBFY.   Date:              Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Time:              10:00 AM Location:        The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth #201, 1112 - 40 Avenue N.E. Calgary, AB   T2E 5T8 Attendees:    The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY) Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Alberta’s Promise Clients of CBFY — 30 — Note: Several recipients of the computer donations will be available on-location for interviews with media. Media enquiries may be directed to:
Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association (Office) 1- 403-262-4488 ext 104 [email protected] Simone Brown Senior Resource Development Officer The Calgary Bridge Foundation Work: 403-930-2749 | Cell: 403-966-4434 [email protected]
 
Holiday Cheer for 4 Canadian Families: ERA Adopt a Family
ERA Adopt a Family  
ERA Adopt a Family Campaign
The holiday season is a great time to spend with family and friends and reflect on the past year. It is also a time to spread joy and give back. Because 2014 is our 10th year in  business, we wanted to do something a little  extra. This year, the ERA would like to help 4 families celebrate the holidays. We will be adopting a family in each of our core locations: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon. We will provide a gift for each family member, a gift card to cover the cost of a holiday dinner as well as a laptop or desktop computer. If you are a family in need of some help this holiday season, please submit your  story to [email protected]* by December 10th 2014. Please describe why your family should be chosen as a recipient of our Adopt-a-Family initiative, as well as:
  • Your family’s city of residence
  • Number of members in immediate family
  • Ages of family members
  • Wish-list for each family member
*We thank you for your interest in ERA Adopt a Family - recipients of this initiative will be notified by December 12th, 2014. We thank each family submitting a request, however we will only be contacting the 4 families chosen as recipients.  We will only be selecting one family from each of the following Canadian cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon  
 
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