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Without your electronics donations the ERA would not be able to continue safely repurposing or recycling electronic waste or running the charity programs our community has come to rely on.
You may be wondering what happens to your donated electronics equipment after they are received by the ERA. How can I be sure the information on my donated computer won’t get into the wrong hands? How do I know my old equipment won’t end up in a landfill?
Depending on the condition of donated items, the ERA will either refurbish them back to acceptable working operation or dismantle and recycle them with an accredited association in their province of origin. Regardless of whether your donated item is repurposed or responsibly recycled, all data is removed in accordance with standards set by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Once refurbished, the ERA is committed to providing deserving charities and individuals with the computers they need. With the help of volunteers, ERA installs Microsoft Office for computers being donated to charities through the Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher program. ERA also installs specialty server software for charities called Opensource, OpenBSD, which is an ultra secure server operating system, as well as a personal operating system. If you would like to know more about our charitable donations or request a donation for yourself or your registered charity, please visit our charities pages.
What we do not donate is sold at a reduced rate to support the cost of our operations, training programs and warehouse.
ERA installs Microsoft Windows, Office for charities with the help of volunteers through the Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher program. ERA also installs specialty server software for charities, Calgary's very own, Opensource, OpenBSD, which is an ultra secure server operating system, as well as a personal operating system.