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Upcoming Collection Drive: Donate Old Electronics!
We Challenge YOU to Donate Old Electronics!
The ERA is hosting a collection drive at Westbrook Mall on September 12th and 13th 2014. Get rid of items taking up space in your basements and closets and donate old electronics to ERA for recycling or reuse. We challenge you to donate old electronics!
Computer Donation Requests on the Rise Through Summer Months

Electronic Recycling Association logs busiest summer on record for computer donations

Calgary, Alberta (August 28, 2014) – Bojan Paduh, Founder and President of the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), released a statement today announcing the ERA’s donation of over 110 desktop computers and 80 laptops to charitable organizations and individuals this summer. Each of the donated devices first underwent a stringent data erasure process prior to being appropriately refurbished. “It has been a very busy summer for the ERA,” said Paduh. “We have received a record number of computer donation requests ,” he added. “While many Canadians plan exciting vacations and spend time enjoying the outdoors and everything summer has to offer it is easy to forget that there are people struggling to meet their most basic needs.” Over the past few months, in addition to filling record computer donation requests, the ERA has fostered new partnerships with organizations like the Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta and the Calgary Urban Project Society, committing to provide them with technology resources for individuals utilizing their services. The ERA has also facilitated a successful back-to-school collection initiative, which calls local businesses to collect unwanted electronics on behalf of the ERA that are then recycled or reused in support of children in need beginning the school year with a computer. “Access to a computer is no longer a nonessential luxury,” said Paduh, “It’s a necessity. Looking for work, staying in touch with crucial support systems, completing school work – It isn’t possible without a computer.” The ERA receives multiple requests for IT equipment donations daily. As a non-profit organization reliant on corporate and community support, there is no guarantee that requested equipment will be available. The ERA requires a high volume of unwanted electronics in order to meet the technology needs of local charities and individuals, and as such works to foster long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with corporations and individuals alike.
A donation of 24 refurbished computers to help serve 7000 struggling Calgarians yearly

A family-focused charity is set to receive 24 refurbished computers from the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) on February 21, 2014 (Friday) between 11am and 12nn.

CALGARYFeb. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - For Catholic Family Service (CFS), everyday is Alberta Family Day. Through their counselling, community outreach, volunteerism and education services, the inclusive charity annually assists 7000 individuals and families from all cultures and faiths get through life's difficulties.

To run their programs effectively, it is important to keep their information technology infrastructure up to date and efficient.

"Relevant, reliable computer equipment supports our organization in delivering accessible, responsive and barrier free quality services and programs. It enables us to stay in touch with our clients, staff, volunteers, partners, stakeholders, and funders," says CFS CEO Patricia Jones

On 21 February 2014, the ERA will hand over 24 completely refurbished computers to the organization for use in the main office and the Louise Dean Centre of CFS.

Louise Dean Centre helps empower pregnant and parenting teens so they can make the most of their situation. Struggling to juggle motherhood, being a student, work and the news of her father's cancer, Nancy (real name undisclosed) is one of the 82 teen moms who received goodies during the Christmas Hamper Project. The gift allowed her family to enjoy and celebrate the festive season.

Event Details

When:   February 21, 201411am-12nn Where: Catholic Family Service, 250, 707 - 10 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0B3

ERA strives to avoid unnecessary waste and adverse environmental contribution by repurposing computing hardware through to true end of life when possible. Community donations to those in need of computers represent a significant proportion of the organization's operations. The ERA recently launched the "Delete Poverty, One Laptop at a Time" campaign to help reverse poverty in Alberta, where for every 10 children one belongs to a low-income family1. The aim of this ongoing initiative is to encourage the corporate and business sectors as well as various communities to run a collection drive to benefit financially struggling members of our society. 1   "From Words to Action: Alberta Can Afford a Real Poverty Reduction Strategy" http://globalnews.ca/news/991861/one-in-ten-alberta-children-lives-in-poverty-report/ About the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) ERA is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing electronic waste by preventing unwanted computers, laptops and related electronic equipment from ending up in landfills or being prematurely disposed of, or recycled when someone else can still use them. For more information about our operations, secure hard drive shredding services, or to donate your used electronic equipment, visit www.era.ca. About CFS: Founded in 1957, Catholic Family Service (CFS) is a charitable organization dedicated to helping vulnerable Calgarians of all faiths and cultures to thrive. CFS delivers affordable and accessible, high impact solutions to empower families, individuals and children to be successful and connected at home, in school and in the community. By supporting vulnerable Calgarians, CFS strives to enhance the community for all. refurbished computers
Bojan Paduh’s Electronic Recycling Association Donates Computers to Children in Poverty

Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the The Electronic Recycling Association, announced today that the ERA has made a donation of 23 computers to the Isa Mundo Foundation. The Isa Mundo Foundation, with support from the Roma Kids Organization, has created a modern learning center at the Volcanes Primary School in Mexico that aims to support children living in poverty through education and opportunity.

"We're thrilled to have been able to help the Isa Mundo Foundation," commented Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the ERA. "We believe that supporting foundations like the Isa Mundo Foundation through the provision of technology can give kids who don't have accessible learning tools the opportunity to become educated," he continues " It might even be the one thing that helps these kids get out of the cycle of poverty."

As a not for profit organization with deep community roots, it is the ERA's "reuse" focus and donation activities which set the organization apart from others in this sector. The ERA believes that "reuse" wherever possible is the most ecological approach to this growing stream, and an excellent way to compel real community good will at the same time.

"I cannot fully express the difference having computers makes in my students' lives" commented Paul Lorilla, director and founder of the Isa Mundo Foundation. "For some of them, this is the first time they have used a computer, they are absolutely blown away!"

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.

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Electronic Recycling Association breaks down barriers one laptop at a time
The Electronic Recycling Association announces partnership with CUPS Calgary Bojan Paduh, Founder and President of the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), announced today that ERA has begun a new partnership with the Calgary Urban Project Society, starting with an initial donation of 10 laptops. This partnership supports CUPS through the provision of personal computers for individuals utilizing their services as necessary. "We are really excited about this new partnership," said Paduh. "We are committed to working with the organizations operating in our community who have built trusting relationships with individuals in need," he added. "This partnership gives the ERA the ability to help people who may not know about our services, and gives CUPS the ability to provide clients with much-needed technological resources."

Donated computers will be used to help low-income Calgarians advance their educational endeavors and expand their career opportunities. This can include attaining their GED, college education and/or career focused programs.

"The 'digit divide' is yet another obstacle faced by low-income Calgarians," said Lorna Curran, CUPS Communications Manager. "Computer and laptop donations from ERA help CUPS participants keep up with mainstream society. With a computer, they are able to develop computer skills, look for employment online or find resources. For children, access to a home computer has unquestionably become the norm. CUPS partnership with ERA helps low-income families and individuals overcome barriers to their success."

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 the Calgary Urban Project Society  Through integrated healthcare, education and housing services, CUPS empowers people to overcome the challenges of poverty and reach their full potential. CUPS helps individuals, families and communities thrive.

Calling All Aspiring Videographers! ERA Video Contest
The ERA is hosting a video contest over the next several months and we have some GREAT prizes up for grabs, including $1000.00 cold hard cash as part of the grand prize! See full contest details, including how to enter, below. ERA Video contest poster   The Electronic Recycling Association’s / ERA Video Contest Terms & Conditions Eligibility
  • This Contest is for residents of Canada only and shall be construed and evaluated according to the laws of Canada. Do not proceed in this Contest if you are not a legal resident of Canada. Further eligibility restrictions are contained in the official rules below
  • In order to be eligible for this Contest, you must read and agree to the following terms and conditions (the “Official Rules”), the YouTube Terms of Service at http://www.youtube.com/t/terms and the YouTube Community Guidelines at http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines. As used in these Official Rules, the term “you” refers to the Entrant.
  • To become a registered user of the YouTube Site, you must register for an account and agree to the YouTube Site’s “Terms of Use” set forth at http://www.youtube.com/t/terms. There is no charge to become a registered user. Parental permission is required for YouTube users under the age of 18. Users under the age of 13 must register through a parent, as indicated in the YouTube terms of use.
Entry Requirements Any Entry deemed inappropriate or unsuitable for posting, in Sponsor's sole discretion, will be disqualified and will not appear on the Contest Website. In order to be entered into the Contest:
  • Entrants must comply with registration instructions when submitting their Entry;
  • Entries must adhere to YouTube Terms of Service; at http://www.youtube.com/t/terms and the YouTube Community Guidelines at http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines;
  • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube via your personal YouTube account;
  • Entries must be submitted by email (as explained in “How to Enter”) by December 5, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Mountain Standard Time and must include: Full name, postal mailing address, email address, phone number, country of residence, Name(s) of the Host(s) where the video was taken, and the YouTube Link to your video. Videos uploaded after this time or with incomplete information will be disqualified from this contest;
  • Your video must not infringe on any third party rights or contain any names, logos, or seals of any government agency, company, or organization – excluding ERA trademark or copyrighted materials;
  • All videos must contain the ERA logo either at the beginning, end or both.
  • Videos cannot be longer than 3 minutes;
  • All videos must include “ERA is” in the title of the video;
  • All videos must acknowledge any music used in the video by naming the artist(s) and the song(s) at some point in the video. Music may be used within guidelines of Fair Use. Fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and "transformative" purpose such as commentary, criticism, or parody. "Fair" uses do not require permission from the copyright owner;
  • The ERA will notify the winners;
  • By submitting a video to this contest, you grant The ERA an irrevocable, royalty-free license to copy, distribute, modify, display and perform publicly, and otherwise use, as well as authorize others to use, your video for any promotional purpose and in any media format;
  • The Entry must NOT contain unsuitable content or depict or incorporate unsafe behavior or situations; obscenity, lewd or inappropriate images, words or text; nudity; acts of violence or acts that appear to cause harm or are illegal/dangerous; disparagement of any person or product; racist innuendo; illegal drug or alcohol use; or other offensive conduct or material, as determined in Sponsor's sole discretion;
  • Video entries must be entirely original to the Entrant and must NOT include any mention or performance of any copyrighted media/material, including but not limited to, music, films, books, television programming, etc., or identifying descriptions of any media property – excluding the Electronic Recycling Association;
  • Entry may not include information that can be used to personally identify an individual, such as an address, license plate, phone number or email address;
  • Entry must be of satisfactory quality as determined by Sponsor (i.e., brightness, focus, volume);
  • Upon submitting your entry by email to [email protected], you agree to the above terms and conditions.
You many enter as many videos as you choose per person/YouTube account, however, only one (1) video will be available for prizing. No other form of participation is valid. Any attempt by any entrant to obtain more than three (3) entries by using multiple/different e-mail addresses, identities or any other methods will void that entrant’s entries and that entrant will be disqualified. The ERA office computer is the official timekeeping device for this Contest. No automated entry devices and/or programs permitted. Entries generated by a script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified. Each entrant must be the rightful owner (or have authorized use) of the YouTube account associated with the entrant's Video as of the closing date of the Entry Phase. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a winner, the winner will be deemed to be the person in whose name the YouTube account was opened. Entrants must provide all information requested to be eligible to win. Incomplete, unreadable, or unintelligible entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be returned or acknowledged by the Sponsor. ERA’s Judging Criteria:
  • The jury will review each submission and will choose their favorites based on the following criteria:
-          Creativity -          Originality -          Overall Production Quality -          Video’s ability to effectively convey the ERA’s key mandates and competitive advantage Prizing A total of three (3) prizes will be given away. Three winners will be determined through a combination of audience choice (15%) determined by the highest number of “Likes” your submission receives on YouTube and our jury (85%) based on The ERA’s Judging Criteria, outlined above. To make audience choice portion of the vote fair to all contestants (to balance earlier with later submissions) it will be pro-rated based on how long the video has been posted on YouTube. The winners will be announced by December 15th. Prizing Structure: Grand Prize - $1000 and a refurbished laptop 2nd Place - $250 and a refurbished laptop 3rd Place – A refurbished laptop  
Victoria and Vancouver, BC Computer recycling organization to fight poverty

Extending the gift-giving spirit of the holidays a little longer, leading BC computer recycling organization, ERA, donates used computers and laptops in VictoriaVancouver and all over BC to reduce child poverty rate in BC

VICTORIAJan. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - For non-profit organizations helping children and youth, holiday gifts will keep pouring in even after Christmas day. Twenty five (25) laptops and fifty (50) computers are available to be hand delivered Santa-style by leading green BC computer recycling organization, the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA).

According to ERA founder, Bojan Paduh, the donations give hope to kids and youth, similar to the time that a church donated a computer to him in 1996 when he was suffering from poverty after just arriving in Canada from war tornYugoslavia.

Currently British Columbia suffers the worst child poverty rates in Canada, affecting 1 out of 5 children and youth in BC.1 ERA hopes to reverse this trend by providing used laptops, computers and video games to charities and non-profit organizations helping kids and youth.

Individuals and organizations can contact the ERA to request some of these laptops and computers, for use in their programs. The laptops and computers can help with studies, education, staying in touch, and playing.

Calgary-headquartered ERA operates donation centres in Calgary and in Edmonton, as well as Vancouver andVictoria, BC. In 2013 alone, ERA donated hundreds of laptops and computer sets across western Canada. In 2012, the organization diverted 319 tonnes of recyclable materials from the landfill.

A report by Alberta Recycling Management Authority in Alberta (ARMA) for 2013 revealed that in Alberta there were 750,000 TVs and computers dumped, none of which were reused. In BC, EPRA reports 21,960 tons (approx. 1 million electronic devices) were dumped. None of which were reused. ERA is confident that many of those items could have been reused and given second homes, and is focused on offering organizations and individuals in BC computer recycling.

"Whenever possible donated electronic equipment is refurbished, wiped clean of any data, and given to charities and other non-profit organizations at no cost," says Ben Brunner, ERA donations supervisor. "Materials not suitable for donation are recycled in a responsible and environmentally friendly way to minimize or eliminate associated environmental impacts of E-Waste."

About the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) ERA is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing electronic waste by preventing unwanted computers, laptops and related electronic equipment from ending up in landfills or being prematurely disposed of, or recycled when someone else can still use them. For more information about our operations, secure hard drive shredding services, or to donate your used electronic equipment, visit www.era.ca

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Computer recycling in Saskatoon: Equipment to be donated to local charities and non profits

The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is set to open a brand-new depot location, in partnership with Uniway Computers. We have been asked about computer recycling in Saskatoon, and this new full-service depot is the answer.

The ERA, a Not for Profit Organization, has been reducing unnecessary waste and adverse environmental contribution through the recycling, repurposing and donation of electronic and IT equipment since 2004.

On 14 April 2014, the ERA will host the grand opening of the new depot location. Community members are invited to the Uniway Computers location to drop off their unwanted electronics, and view the new location.

"ERA is proud to announce we will be providing our services to this rapidly growing community. Soon we will have our trucks, forklelectronic recycling association bojan paduh Computer recycling  in Saskatoonifts, hard drive shredders, and refurbishing centers conveniently located in Saskatoon. The community has a continued requirement for this type of service, and we are looking forward to fulfilling this need: Computer recycling in Saskatoon has just become a lot easier," says Bojan Paduh,  Director of the ERA.

No longer will old computers be trashed, shredded and melted, before being given a chance for a second life. ERA will work with individuals and corporations to reuse and refurbish computers, laptops, and electronics, and donate them into the local communities in SaskatoonRegina, and all over Saskatchewan.

Reuse for Good: High-tech donation helps to bridge digital divide
Electronic Recycling Association's reuse focus results in donation of 50 computers to United Way Toronto

Bojan Paduh, Founder and President of the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), announced today that by focusing on the reuse and refurbishment of unwanted equipment, ERA was able to donate 50 computers to United Way Toronto.

"We are thrilled to help United Way," said  Paduh. "Our overall goal is to support organizations like United Way by providing access to technology," he added. "This enables United Way to provide individuals who likely would not have access to a computer with the ability to search and apply for a job, complete school work or even reconnect with family members for support."

The donated computers will be used to support vital programs and services at eight community agencies across Toronto. Programs include mentor-ship and skills development for young children, support for single parents, and assistance to newcomers.

"A big thank you to ERA for their generous donation," said Susan McIsaac, President and CEO, United Way Toronto. "It's really inspiring to see companies like ERA giving back to the community to make a real difference in the lives of people and families across our city," she added. "This valuable gift will strengthen the capacity of our community partners in delivering a wide range of local programs and services."

Community agencies in receipt of computers include Albion Neighbourhood Services, Birchmount Bluff Neighbourhood Centre, Neighbourhood Link Support Services, Seeds of Hope Foundation, Syme-Woolner Neighbourhood and Family Centre, University Settlement and Woodgreen Red Door Family Shelter.

As a not-for-profit organization with deep community roots, it is the ERA's "reuse" focus and donation activities that set the organization apart from others in this sector. ERA believes that "reuse" wherever possible is the most ecological approach to this growing stream, and an excellent way to compel real community good will at the same time.

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 United Way Toronto  United Way Toronto is a charity dedicated to creating opportunities for a better life for everyone. Working in partnership with others, we mobilize people and resources to support a network of agencies that help people when they need it most. United Way also addresses the root causes of social problems, working to change community conditions for the better over the long term. www.unitedwaytoronto.com

10 Years a Canadian E-Waste Recycler
The Electronic Recycling Association has been an e-waste recycler in Canadian communities since 2004.  We started with just Calgary computer recycling, but today we are a Canadian e-waste recycler. Starting with only a few employees we have developed our staff to 37 people and we are very proud of what we have done.  We have helped many charities and not for profit organizations in need of electronics to achieve their goals through technology.  Our database today shows a total of 4000 different charities that we have helped.  We have helped reduced electronic waste in the Calgary area by reducing, reusing and recycling tens of thousands of electronic items per year.   We do this by recycling used computer equipment and other electronics and donating it to charities, and deserving individuals for any usage they desire.  In 2014 this is our 10th year and we want to make this our best year ever. We take electronics of all shapes and sizes with the exception of micro-waves and house hold appliances. We are reaching out to Canadian communities in any way that we can for assistance in computer electronics donations that we can send to our charities in need of electronic equipment. No donation is too big or too small. We are in all major Canadian cities, and you can see a full list of our active cities providing electronic recycling. E-waste Recycler
 
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