ELECTRONIC RECYCLING ASSOCIATION

ELECTRONIC RECYCLING ASSOCIATION

March 22, 2005 10:39 ET

Electronic Recycling Association: Computer Donations and Recycling in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


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MARCH 22, 2005 - 10:39 ET

Electronic Recycling Association: Computer Donations
and Recycling in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - March 22, 2005) - The toxic time bomb
of obsolete computers is being tackled by a new program. Electronic
Recycling Association (E.R.A.), a non-profit organization. Convenient
depot locations have opened throughout Edmonton to collect old computers
for donation and recycling.

Managing director Bojan Paduh, a young entrepreneur from Calgary said:
"E-waste is the fastest-growing type of waste thrown out by corporations
as the IT industry updates products faster and faster. A new PC is now
obsolete in two years and millions of them end up on landfill waste
sites each year."

Every computer contains about four pounds of lead and small quantities
of deadly cadmium and mercury. Other hazardous materials used in
computers include hexavalent chromium, PVC plastic. All of these
contribute to the poisonous cocktail of heavy metals found on landfills.

E.R.A is launching a program associated major computer and electronics
retailers in Edmonton. Locations such as The Brick, WestWorld Computers,
BCOM, Acrodex, and many more will be participating in ERA's depot
program. Organizations and individuals can now conveniently drop off
their old computers at any of the participating locations, for donation
or recycling.

For a complete list of participating locations, please visit the ERA
website at www.era.ca .

The ERA has many depots around the city that are accepting items, and is
also offering a pickup and disposal service to any company. For the next
few months, all collections of computer equipment will be done at no
charge to companies wishing to donate their old computers.

E.R.A has various solutions for disposing of old PCs. Recent PC's can be
given to people who cannot afford new ones, such as elderly and poor,
job training tools to the unemployed, or sold to developing countries.
If PC's are too old to be reused, Electronic Recycling Association will
pass them onto companies specializing in dismantling them and recovering
many materials including small amounts of precious gold, silver and
copper.

E.R.A's priority is to reuse as many PCs as possible. Mr Paduh
explained: "Reuse means the hazardous materials are not being let loose
to do their worst and less new raw materials need to be extracted from
the earth to make the next generation of computers and other electronic
goods.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Electronic Recycling Association of Alberta
    Edmonton - Computer and Electronics Depot
    11404 143 Street
    (780) 455-2088
    Website: www.era.ca