March 13, 2007 09:30 ET

Electronic Recycling Association: We Love Computer Recycling and Donations!

1-800-GOT-JUNK?, an award winning commercial and residential waste removal company, have teamed up with the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) to offer computer recycling collection for businesses and residents in Vancouver and British Columbia.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 13, 2007) - Getting rid of old computers is often a headache for businesses - IT equipment can be bulky and as a result, may be difficult for a waste collector to take it. Some parts, like the screen, are classified as hazardous waste, which may lead to a separate collection and more expense for your company.

Security can also be an issue due to sensitive or personal data on your hard drive. ERA ensures that all drives containing data are wiped clean so that there is no chance of the new owner accessing it.

It is fantastic opportunity to get rid of old or broken IT equipment in the office, help the environment, as well as potentially save your company money on bulky or hazardous waste disposal. ERA will mend it, recondition it and sell it or give it to charity. If it's not worth repairing, the machine gets stripped down and all the separate parts get recycled where possible.

Electronic Recycling is now becoming a part of BC law. This means that by 2008, new electrical equipment will be marked with a symbol, and as result, you cannot throw the item away but rather ensure it is re-used or recycled.

For products sold before that date - the stuff in your office right now - it is up to you to dispose of it responsibly. If you have any broken computer parts gathering dust in a corner, or some IT equipment that is just too out-of-date to be useful, then this is a great opportunity for you.

This partnership between 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and ERA enables 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to increase the recycling and reuse percentages drastically, and at the same time enables the ERA to collect even more computers, laptops, servers and similar computer and electronic equipment for donation and recycling.

1-800-GOT-JUNK? is pioneering an industry that is helping people remove junk,
de-clutter, and live cleaner, better lives. Whether it's an old sofa or a pile of junk in the garage, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? removes it for you. Founded in 1989, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has more than 300 franchise locations in North America, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Visit them at www.1800gotjunk.com

www.era.ca is a not-for-profit company dedicated to the provision of reuse and recycling services to companies and organizations throughout Canada. They have a commitment to Environmental Stewardship - everything they process is dealt with environmentally, no harmful components are sent to landfill, and no harmful waste is sent overseas for dumping.

ERA donates thousands of computers back into the community, to many daycare homes, elderly homes, community centers, churches, and many other organizations. Any organizations that fit this criteria can contact the ERA to arrange a donation of refurbished computers.

They also have a commitment to Social Inclusion - in conjunction with re-employment organizations, ERA train and develop youth from socially disadvantaged backgrounds through work placement schemes. Their aim is to help youth overcome the pattern of social exclusion and become upstanding members of society.


If you would like to interview representatives from 1-800-got-junk or ERA, or would like images please call Bojan on (604) 215-4483.

Contact Information

  • Electronic Recycling Association
    Bojan Paduh
    Sales and Marketing Officer
    (604) 215-4483
    Email: bojan@era.ca
    Toll Free: 1-800-Got-Junk