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Leading E-Waste Organization Launches Program to Help Local Charities Raise Funds
The Electronic Recycling Association has launched a fundraising program for charities to earn cash for collecting electronic equipment Calgary, AB (May 26, 2015) – The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) has launched a new fundraising program that will help local charities by compensating them for collecting unwanted electronic equipment. Why: This program aims to give organizations the opportunity to earn cash for collecting unwanted electronics while keeping these toxic items out of landfills and helping ERA continue to provide less fortunate Canadians with tech equipment. Collect computers for cash! What: The ERA’s E-Waste Fundraising Program works on a minimum equipment requirement as well as total weight collected. To earn rebates, your group must collect a minimum of 50 qualified items (laptops, computers, tablets and cell phones/smart phones). Anything greater than that will be weighed and will earn your organization $.10 (ten cents) per pound. There is no cost to participate, and ERA will provide necessary resources (staff to assist with collection, collection bins, removal of equipment) as well as handle the creation of marketing materials for your event (posters/flyers for you to distribute). All you’ll need to do is share event details with all of your contacts to ensure your collection is well attended so you receive the maximum return in support of your cause. Who: This program is open to charities, non-profit organizations, care facilities (day-cares, seniors facilities and health care facilities), educational institutions and community associations. We will also partner with for-profit organizations to host fundraising collections with proceeds going to the charity of their choice. Where: Events can be held anywhere with space for our trucks and bins. Electronic Recycling Association equipment collection When: Contact us with tentative dates for your fundraising event and we will confirm resources. How: Once logistics are covered, it’s up to you to raise awareness and get your networks involved! The more people who know about your fundraiser, the more will come out and drop off their unwanted equipment. The sky’s the limit! For more information, or to book your fundraiser, please contact Kristi Gartner: [email protected] or 1-877-9-EWASTE
Recycling unwanted electronics is one way to celebrate Earth Day
April 20, 2015 Find out what one Calgary organization is doing to recycle heaps of unwanted electronics! ALTALINK logo On April 22, 2015 people around the world will celebrate Earth Day by participating in activities that help our planet. One Calgary-based organization, the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is making its mark: In 2014 alone, they diverted over 1000 tons of unwanted equipment from landfills and donated nearly 800 refurbished computers to Canadian charities. This Earth Day they’re going to be in action at AltaLink, Alberta’s largest electricity transmission provider. WHAT: The ERA will be at AltaLink to collect electronics for recycling and is available to talk to media about what it does and how it impacts Calgarians. In 2014, the ERA collected 183 computers, 65 monitors and 15 servers from AltaLink alone for repurposing and recycling. WHERE: AltaLink head office 2611 – 3rd Avenue SE Calgary, AB You can park in the gated parking lot at the main building. Push the button at the gate to reach security and let them know you are there for the event. Please park in one of the designated visitor parking stalls. WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHO: Alistair Noble, community investment director at the Electronic Recycling Association Peter Brodsky, manager of external communications at AltaLink VISUALS: There will be photo/video opportunities of employees bringing in their electronics, as well as the ERA’s electronic recycling cage that will hold all of the donated electronics. About ERA Established in 2004, the ERA specializes in electronics waste management, reuse and recycling in Canada. We are unwaveringly committed to reducing electronic waste by extending equipment lifecycles through recovery, refurbishment and computer donation services. With this ERA creates cleaner communities with less waste and provides crucial computer hardware to deserving Canadian charities and individuals. With depots all across Canada, the ERA provides a great way to dispose of electronic equipment safely and securely. Learn more at www.era.ca. About AltaLink Headquartered in Calgary, with offices in Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge, AltaLink is Alberta's largest electricity transmission provider. We are committed to meeting the province’s demand for electricity, providing innovative solutions, and partnering with our stakeholders and communities in doing so. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, AltaLink is part of a global group of companies delivering electricity and utility services to customers worldwide. Equipment accepted by the ERA IT equipment Other electronic equipment Apple Mac items Barcode equipment Wires and cables Audio/stereo equipment Computers Monitors – CRT, LCD Fax machines Mobile phones Network equipment PC parts Plotters Phones Peripherals Printers Projection systems Satellite equipment Scanners Server racks Telecommunications equipment Wireless equipment Servers Switches VCR, DVD Photocopiers Hubs UPS Cameras And more… Reusable items are refurbished and often donated to local groups and charities that need them. Items that cannot be reused are recycled. For more information please contact: Kristi Gartner Marketing and communications manager Electronic Recycling Association Phone: 403-262-4488 ext 104 Email: [email protected]   Amanda Sadleir Senior communications advisor AltaLink Phone: 403-267-6166 Email: [email protected]  
Vancouver Park Safety Fair & Hard Drive Shredding: March 21 10am to 3pm at Andy Livingstone Park
We have partnered with the Chinese Community Policing Centre and the Vancouver Police Department for their Park Safety Fair this Saturday from 10am to 3pm at Andy Livingstone Park. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about personal safety in a fun and informative way. The most important thing to consider when disposing of your unwanted electronics is how to manage the personal information on them. Ensuring personal information security is important to the Electronic Recycling Association's, so we have a number of security measures that individuals with unwanted equipment can choose from. The first is a software data wipe using a program called Blancco, which rearranges and scrambles your data so that it is impossible to retrieve. The other option is hard drive shredding. ERA has a number of mobile hard drive shredding machines that allow hard drives to be completely destroyed as you watch, so you can rest assured your data will never make it into the wrong hands. We will have one of our hard drive shredding machines on site at the fair, and will be offering complementary hard drive shredding to all visitors. Come out and join the kid-friendly festivities! Come out an join the festivities! Come out and join in the festivities!
Mount Royal University’s Electronic Recycling Drive

FUTURE ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS PITCH IN FOR PROGRESS Electronic Recycling Association and Mount Royal University’s Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection club plan a week-long awareness campaign

Calgary, Alberta (February 20, 2015) – The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) has partnered with the Student Association of Mount Royal University’s Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection club (LEAP) to execute a week long awareness campaign. The campaign aims to illustrate the severity of Canada’s e-waste crisis, inform students about sustainable disposal of unwanted IT equipment and provide the opportunity to donate old equipment. “We are excited about this initiative, it is so important for up and coming environmental leaders to be aware of the e-waste problem,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of ERA. “We are looking forward to a great turnout!” The event will also present an opportunity for students to learn about LEAP and how to join the club. The following event is open to the press. Monday, February 23, 2015 to Friday, February 27, 2015 Event: Mount Royal University’s Electronic Recycling Drive Location: Wyckham House Student Centre, Mount Royal University 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW Calgary, AB T3E 6K6 Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM MST

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About the Electronics Recycling Association Established in 2004, the 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. With reuse being the 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. The ERA is committed to supporting local charities and individuals in need through the provision of electronic equipment to charities and individuals alike. About the Student Association of Mount Royal University’s Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection club The purpose of this environmental club is to promote environmental awareness locally and globally. We promote opportunities for social interaction among students in environmental issues. This will achieved by: volunteering within the province to encourage more sustainable development, providing opportunities for students to meet individuals within the Environmental sector, providing the opportunity to attend educational conferences, presentations and activities and assisting in the growth of professional development. Media Contact Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association Tel: 403-262.4488 ext. 104 Email: [email protected] Official event flyer Official event flyer
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] ###
ERA Launches new Fundraising Program for Charities!
The ERA is pleased to announce the launch of our new fundraising program for charities! Why: This program aims to give organizations the opportunity to earn cash for collecting unwanted electronics while keeping these toxic items out of landfills and helping ERA continue to provide less fortunate Canadians with tech equipment. What: The ERA's E-Waste Fundraising Program works on a minimum equipment requirement as well as total weight collected. To earn rebates, your group must collect a minimum of 50 qualified items (laptops, computers, tablets and cell phones/smart phones). Anything greater than that will be weighed and will earn your organization $.10 (ten cents) per pound. There is no cost to participate, and ERA will provide necessary resources (staff to assist with collection, collection bins, removal of equipment) as well as handle the creation of marketing materials for your event (posters/flyers for you to distribute). All you'll need to do is share event details with all of your contacts to ensure your collection is well attended so you receive the maximum return in support of your cause.
Earth Day and the ERA
Spring has sprung, and we are winding up for some great events over the next month! Forty-two years ago, Earth Day was established to create awareness and appreciation of our precious - and increasingly fragile - planet. Celebrated on April 22nd, Earth Day has over a billion participants around the world. Individuals, businesses, schools and governments commemorate what has been achieved and discuss what remains to be done to protect Earth. And even better news - over the years, Earth Day has evolved into Earth Week and Earth Month*. Environmental protection is a key element of the work that ERA does, so we have some exciting events over the next few weeks. Be sure to check out the event in your area!

Vancouver: Oxford Properties and ERA partner on education and training sessions on the Waste and Recycling Programs at Guinness Tower, Marine Building and Oceanic Plaza.
From April 20th to 22nd 2015 between 11am and 3pm daily, the ERA will be onsite with Oxford Properties at three of their locations offering complementary e-waste collection and hard drive shredding.
Oxford Properties and ERA

Calgary: The Better Business Bureau, Shred-it and ERA celebrate Earth Month with a free shredding event at Deerfoot Mall.
On Friday, April 25th 2015 between 10am and 4pm, ERA, the BBB and Shred-it will be onsite at Deerfoot Mall collecting unwanted electronic items and offering complementary hard drive and paper shredding.

Saskatoon: ERA Sponsors the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council's annual conference and tradeshow.
From April 22nd to 24th 2015, several of the ERA's team members will be in Saskatoon to attend Saskatoon Waste Reduction Council's conference. While in town they will be distributing numerous donations to Saskatoon charitable organizations. The conference is taking place at the Sheraton Cavalier, Saskatoon. For more information on the conference, please visit the conference website: http://www.saskwastereduction.ca/events/swrc/2015-waste-reforum/

Edmonton: The ERA and Edmonton Police Department partner to host a complementary hard drive shredding and e-waste colletion event
Please stay tuned for further details!
*Please visit http://www.greenlivingonline.com/article/celebrate-earth-month for the full article on Earth Month
Computer Donation Day is Just the Beginning
Here at the ERA we receive hundreds of requests for  a computer donation each month. When we receive a computer donation request it is first reviewed for legitimacy and then it is filed in our donation system, where it stays until inventory permits completion of the request. Sometimes this can take a few days, or, for larger requests even months. I think we would all agree that the best days are those we get to go out and meet the people we are providing tech equipment to, and hear their stories. You may recall that shortly before Christmas, we teamed up with Alberta's Promise (AP) and Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY) to put together 60 refurbished computers and laptops to be distributed to families new to the city from other countries. We had a great day with staff of AP and CBFY and were honored to meet some of the recipients. After the day of the donation, we got busy with other initiatives, the holiday season and then getting things ready for 2015. We received a note today from CBFY containing some stories from computer recipients that really made our day.  Because we are busy receiving, filling and delivering donation requests we often don't focus on past donations. These stories show us that the big day: Computer Donation Day - which also signifies the final step of the donation process - is really just the beginning of the impact. Here are some of those stories: From a young boy enrolled CBFY's programs: "I want to thank you for taking me in consideration for the laptop. I do my homework, projects and research. I can communicate with my father. I load applications to learn English. Thank you so much to you and the people that made possible that the new immigrants like my mom and I have this kind of support, it will make possible our dreams and goals can become a reality." From a newcomer family struggling to settle in: "Recently, I received a laptop which inspire my son to study harder, this Laptop provided a portal of data & information beyond what's available in their school library, it kept my son sharp & well versed on current topics. It made him more aware of his own learning & thinking patterns & assisted him in self-motivation & academic achievements. He was so happy & indeed it was a great help to our family." From a high-school student who recently arrived in Canada: "I appreciate the help you rendered to me and my family, the winter jackets you gave to us and the privilege to be able to get the laptop from the Calgary Bridge Foundation. Your help as being very necessary and important to my family, and we really appreciate the fact that you chose our family at of lots of others. The laptop as being of good use to me and my family, i usually use the laptop for my school work and also to watch some movies when am less busy. The laptop as lots of benefits which makes it important to a family and considering the expenses it might not be affordable but the help you gave to us as made a huge difference and we are really thankful." Thanks to the teams at Alberta's Promise and Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth for working with us to make these success stories possible! Just in case you didn't catch the story, You can view the video below: Laptop Presentation  
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]
 
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