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Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

Canada: Celebrating 150 Years of Canadian Greatness 

2017 marks 150 years of Canadian history. ERA is pleased to celebrate this with fellow Canadian-owned businesses through our Canada 150 promotion.

Special offer:
Call in to book your pickup and destruction, before July 1st and receive $1.50 per hard drive destruction, this promotion expires July 2nd.
Let's create a cleaner and healthier environment for another 150 years!
Canada 150  

We wish you and your family a very special Canada Day from team ERA!

ERA Educates Jennie Elliott School

Educating the Future of Tomorrow - Jennie Elliott School

ERA had the pleasure of presenting to the Jennie Elliott School's 5th-grade class in Calgary, about the importance of going green and technology. Jennie Elliott School is a dynamic learning community that is characterized by academic excellence, the building of responsible student behavior and strong partnerships with families. Students are both challenged and nurtured to develop their own learning strengths and they are constantly encouraged to take on leadership roles within the classroom and school at large. Jennie Elliott School Our presentation consists of the following: 
  • Introduction to ERA
  • About our Founder
  • Our Mission and Vision
  • Reuse Vs Recycle
  • What hazard materials are in each of your technology?
  • Our Programs and Community Initiatives
  • Service Overview
  • Partnerships
  • Pop Quiz  and Prizes
ERA combine the visual and practical aids within each of our presentations, which keep the children engaged and interested in the topic at hand. We believe that the children of today are the future of tomorrow, so why not educate them! If your school is interested in ERA presenting and educating your students, please email [email protected] for more information.
ERA: Members of the Edmonton Chamber

ERA: Getting the most out of your Chamber Membership! 

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. We have been members of the Edmonton Chamber for numerous years and continue to use their valuable services to our advantage. The Edmonton Chamber has become a part of doing business in Edmonton, offering policy advocacy, education and networking events, growth opportunities and numerous services to its members. The Edmonton Chamber is proud to have been passionately involved in the formation of our great city. The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce is to create the best environment for business. They work to achieve this mission through three primary brand pillars: Advocate They influence positive change that benefits your business by advocating all levels of government. Educate They encourage and support positive growth for your business by offering valuable educational experiences taught by industry experts. Connect They provide businesses with access to the broadest network of local business communities in the Edmonton region.   ERA has benefited immensely from the Edmonton Chamber in many ways. We have increased our exposure through outlets such as e-blasts, link exchanges, and articles, networking events, conferences and much more. ERA are proud to be Chamber members! For more information about the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, Please visit https://www.edmontonchamber.com/   member
ERA: Your Platform for Media

ERA becomes the Source of PR for Partners and Organizations

Calgary, Canada – ERA, a Non-Profit Organization with deep community roots, it is their “reuse” focus and donation activities which set them apart from others in this sector. They are dedicated to partnering with local businesses and corporations in search of unwanted IT equipment to better the lives of those in need. While they donate, they also are a source of PR exposure for the partners, organizations, and corporations who help fill each donation request. Aware of the fact that many partners, organizations, and businesses find it extremely hard to get their platform message out there without solid PR exposure and press release drafts, ERA has the ability to write a blog, press release, article or post on social media every time a donation or partnership occurs. “We are delighted to be able to provide organizations, businesses, and partners with this fantastic opportunity to advertise their mission and vision.” Said Bojan Paduh, Founder, and CEO at the Electronic Recycling Association. “Many sadly don’t have the funds to advertise their business objectives online. We want to help grow our partner’s objectives through this opportunity that will benefit them and will act as an incentive to inspire more partnerships and donations.  Consistent press exposure is key to a successful business”. ERA sends out a number of articles, blogs, and press releases developed and edited which are sent out on a weekly basis. The team spends time manually uploading each document to the website, in addition, they upload them onto some of Canada’s well-known publications. “When a company donates IT equipment to us we want to thank them and ways we can do this is providing exposure through our online media outlets,” said Bojan Paduh. ERA partners with corporations, charitable organizations, and businesses that are passionate about helping individuals in need. Platform   If your business or organization have unwanted IT equipment, please contact [email protected], or 1.877.939.2783 (1.877.9EWASTE).
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ERA Partner with Buy Social Canada
ERA, a proud Canadian non-profit organization with deep community roots, who refurbish unwanted or used electronics has recently become suppliers with a company known as Buy Social. Buy Social connects socially driven purchasers and social enterprise suppliers together, helping them build relationships which in turn generates social benefits to communities Canada-wide. “Diversity within the supply chain is essential for both a company’s workforce and the Satisfaction of its clients,” said Bojan Paduh, Founder of The Electronic Recycling Association. “By becoming a supplier, we’ll be gaining positive exposure, while helping corporations learn about the sustainability of social business ventures. We look forward to the journey ahead. ” Buy Social Canada works with social enterprises like ERA, to increase their business opportunities and grow their social impact. They Support the enhancement and growth of an organization through webinars, workshops, and consultation. Buy Social Canada is a platform to connect you to the community and promote your organization's impact locally and nation-wide. Their Mission:
  • Facilitate purchaser and supplier relationships and learning opportunities
  • Provide advice, templates, and resources to promote social purchasing policy and practice
  • Offer a certification program and support for social enterprise suppliers
  • Offer a certification program and support for businesses, government, and non-profits seeking to leverage a social value through their purchasing
ERA is looking forward to working with this organization, creating new business ventures and gaining more exposure.   Buy Social   If you are interested in learning more about Buy Social Canada, please visit: https://www.buysocialcanada.com/  
Dress for Success Calgary Receives a Donation

Dressing an Organization up with Technology

We were delighted to donate office equipment to an organization called Dress for Success. Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 145 cities in 23 countries and has helped more than 925,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. This equipment will be used to help our very own Dress for Success in Calgary continue to inspire women of all ages, who are entering the workforce and may need a helping hand. Also, it will be utilized for daily data entries and office work.   Dress for Success   If you have unwanted computer equipment, consider donating it to ERA. You’ll free up useful storage space, and it could make a real difference to someone. If your equipment can’t be reused, we’ll make sure it is recycled responsibly, and regardless of the next step for your equipment we always professionally remove all data, free of charge. If you want more information on this amazing organization, please click here.
Celebrating 10 years as a Member of the Calgary Chamber

Why Becoming a Member Matters!

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. For 126 years, the Calgary Chamber has been the city’s main connector of people, ideas, and stories. As a non-partisan organization, they’ve facilitated meetings, debates, and gatherings with some of the brightest business and political minds in the city, province, and country. Their goal is to solve business problems and push the social and political agenda in the way necessary to make our city a better place to do business, regardless of political leanings or affiliations. ERA has been a member of the Calgary Chamber for over 10 years. We have benefited tremendously from this membership and continue to do so. Attending numerous networking events, leader lunches, conferences, breakfasts and much more which have played a major role in creating and building relationships with clients and non-clients throughout not only Alberta but Canada.   Some benefits when joining the chamber consist of the following: Belong As a Chamber member, you are instantly recognized as a credible, engaged member of the business community, committed to improving our economic future and sustaining our quality of life in Calgary. Save Members can benefit from thousands of dollars in discounts from their Business Savings Program on gas, couriers, insurance, banking and payroll services, office supplies, hotels, teleconferencing services as well as the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan – an affordable, stable group benefits program. Grow Gain referrals to grow your business from the Chamber team and fellow members as they promote Chamber members first. Promote The Chamber will list and promote your business online and offline. Dollar-for-dollar, your Chamber membership will likely be the best marketing investment you make this year. Connect Receive member-only pricing and exclusive access to more than 40 Breakfast and Business After Hours networking events that the Chamber produces every year – a great opportunity to build meaningful business connections and grow your client list in person. Learn Receive member-only pricing for Chamber speaking events and business development workshops facilitated by industry icons, and gain perspectives and strategies to develop your business. Market Enjoy a 50% discount as a member on digital advertising, and promote your business with a company profile on CalgaryChamber.com which receives 6,000 unique visits per month, or advertise in their weekly electronic newsletter that is sent to over 6,000 business subscribers.   ERA are proud to be Chamber members! For more information about the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Please visit https://www.calgarychamber.com/
5 Reasons to Donate

Reasons why you should donate your unwanted or used equipment in 2017

ERA is committed to supporting local charities and individuals in need through the provision of electronic equipment to charities and individuals alike. Throughout the year's ERA has helped multiple organizations with donations of unwanted or used electronics. We have put together some reasons why you should donate your unwanted and used equipment in 2017.   Environmental friendly The volume of e-waste being dumped on a day to day basis affects our environment dramatically. Over a period of time, the growth of waste will eventually become a major issue as we will not have the space to dispose of it. If the toxic chemicals from e-waste enter our water system it will have a crippling effect and cause water pollution. Reusing electronics can help reserve these issues and protect our environment from pollution.   Helps people in need Throughout the years we have seen a growing demand for donations of laptops and computers from charitable organizations. In 2017, this demand has rapidly increased to the point where refurbishment companies are finding it extremely difficult to fulfill donations as swiftly as before. One main reason for this is due to budget cutting within the organizations. Another reason is that not everybody reuses their equipment, they simply “throw it away” or lease it through a third party. If we implement the “reuse before recycle” method we could help a larger number of organizations and fill their donations a lot quicker. Destroying equipment that still offers usability is wasteful and unnecessary. Recycling has an extremely important place in the chain of custody but should be utilized only once an item is truly proven to be of no further reasonable use.   Boosts employment Nowadays, it is just about impossible to apply for a job without having access to the internet. The majority of places will ask for a digital resume and cover letter, some even need you to have a social media profile (LinkedIn). Many individuals in need, do not have remote access to a computer which means they are not able to apply for jobs in today’s world. By donating a laptop or computer to people in need, they have the opportunity to brainstorm, research and sign up for respective jobs that will suit their skills and characteristics which will bring them out of the poverty cycle.   Employment boosts our economy When more people join the workforce they are no longer unemployment which will boost the economy, nationally and locally. Every employee provides some sort of a service or product that benefits consumers in one way or another. When it’s time for the employee to take home his/her wages they become the consumer and contribute to other business’s profit.   Doing something good Donating to others for a good cause increases your ability for love. You realize that even though you don’t have much, you still have enough to put a smile on someone else’s face. Donating computers, laptops, or unwanted equipment to a worthy cause will create a feeling of enrichment. It also sets an example and shows others that giving to those less fortunate puts a smile on everyone’s face.   Donate today by clicking here.
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7 Tips when Donating a Computer or Laptop to ERA

The Electronic Recycling Association answers your questions on how to donate!

  Canada (May 2, 2017) — The Electronic Recycling Association shares “7 Tips when Donating a Computer or Laptop to ERA”. You have options when it comes to disposing of your electronics. There are countless recyclers who offer electronic recycling services, but one of the first things you should consider is the difference between reuse and recycling options. At ERA, they believe reuse is the most responsible and beneficial first line of action, both from an environmental and social perspective. They believe destroying equipment that still offers usability is wasteful and unnecessary. Recycling has an extremely important place in the chain of custody but should be utilized only once an item is truly proven to be of no further reasonable use.   Our 7 tips:
  1. Is your computer or laptop reusable?
The lifespan of a computer is usually between 7 to 8 years. If your device is at the 5-year mark, it can most definitely be repurposed and donated to someone else who can reap the benefits. It influences a positive environmental impact due to the fact that it’s stretching the device out to its full capability. (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).  
  1. Are you better off donating your computer or laptop to the Refurbisher, rather than directly to the organization?
Yes, you will benefit immensely by donating your computer to a Refurbisher, rather than directly to the organization. Sending your device directly to the organization may be tempting. However, most organizations having specific needs when it comes to the software and hardware of a computer or laptop. Your computer might not be a good fit for a certain charity and may result in your device not being used. (ERA ensure that your devices are carefully placed in the hands of an appreciative organization who specifically requested that make or model).  
  1. Should you donate the peripherals of your computer or laptop?
Of course, as the saying goes “every little helps”. When donating, include the mouse, printer, modem, keyboard, the software and any other peripherals you have lying around your house or garage.  Non-profits, schools, charities and other charitable organizations will never refuse additional equipment that they can utilize over a period of time. (ERA will clean your devices and install the correct software (windows 7 & 10) that the organization has requested).  
  1. Is keeping a list of what you donated important?
Yes, tax season occurs every year and you will more than likely be eligible for a deduction on your taxes if you’re generously donating to a non-profit organization that refurbishes. (ERA offers a Donation-In-Kind receipt to companies and individuals who donate their unwanted or used IT equipment)  
  1. How do I erase my data?
Your personal information can be extremely sensitive and you may want to erase it from your device thoroughly. There are many ways to destroy the data on your computer or laptop. (ERA uses two processes when it comes to destroying data, data wiping and physical data destruction. Data wiping involves a software based erasure known as BLANCCO. This process employs a multiple pass, random array approach to sanitizing data. The ERA has several AmeriShred mobile hard drive shredders which can be delivered directly to your location for hard drive destruction services. These machines are capable of shredding hard drives, data tapes, servers, and other data storage hardware).   
  1. Where can you donate?
ERA has multiple locations:
Calgary Edmonton Saskatoon Vancouver
1301 34 Ave SE 6776 99 St 511 45th St. W Call for address
Calgary, (Uniway Computers Southside) Saskatoon,
AB Edmonton, SK
Winnipeg Montreal Toronto
1681 Dublin Ave 85 Rue Blainville E 8 491 Brimley Rd
Winnipeg, (NDI Ste Therese) Toronto,
MB Sainte Therese, QC ON
 
  1. Contact the Refurbisher (ERA) if you have any questions.
In depth overview of ERA: era.ca Quick overview of ERA: www.new.era.ca Phone: 1.877.9EWASTE (392783) Email: [email protected]   ERA accepts donations of unwanted computer hardware and related equipment from companies and individuals for responsible and secure reuse or recycling. They refurbish what they can and provide local charities, non-profits, care facilities and educational intuitions with refurbished equipment donations. ERA also has an e-waste fundraising program, which allows participants to raise money for charitable causes by collecting e-waste.   About the Electronic Recycling Association Established in 2004, ERA is a non-profit organization directed to reduce the environmental impact of improperly discarded toxic electronic waste by offering accessible services to help corporations and individuals manage their retiring IT assets. Through industry leading pickup, data removal, and reporting/certification services, ERA provides a full-circle solution for e-waste management. With reuse being ERA’s top priority, every item that is received is examined for any remaining productive life and refurbished for reuse. True end of life items is transferred to accredited recyclers where a nil landfill contribution can be assured. ERA is committed to supporting local charities and individuals in need through the provision of electronic equipment to charities and individuals alike.   — 30 —   Media enquiries may be directed to:   Jessica Lifely Business Development Manager Electronic Recycling Association Phone: 403-262-4488 [email protected]    
 
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