Residents and Businesses Urged to Donate Old Computers

Electronic Recycling Association Collecting Laptops for Refugees in Calgary

The Canadian Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is asking residents in Calgary to consider donating older or unwanted computer equipment that may be refurbished for reuse by refugees arriving in the area.

Image © CBFY’s Executive Director, Umashanie Reddy and ERA’s Kristi Gartner pose with a newly donated laptop

The Canadian Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is asking residents in Calgary to consider donating older or unwanted computer equipment that may be refurbished for reuse by refugees arriving in the area.

Working with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY), ERA said that it hopes to provide computer equipment to dozens of families expected to arrive in the city over the next few months.

“Our goal is to provide the Bridge Foundation with 100 computers throughout 2016 specifically for refugee families,” explained Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the ERA.

“The challenge is that our first priority is meeting the requests of Canadian charities and families, so we are asking the public for help to gather equipment specifically for refugees,” he continued.

ERA specialises in managing retiring corporate IT assets as well as the unwanted computer equipment of individual families.

The organisation collects the equipment through pickup services and drop-off depots, test equipment for relevance and then refurbish it as necessary. Much of what ERA is able to recover is then used to support their Canada-wide computer donation program, which provides computer equipment, free of charge, to registered charities, non profits, care facilities and educational institutions.

“Most households and certainly businesses have unwanted or disused computer equipment, all we ask is that they give us a call, let us come pick it up and see if we can reuse it for the refugees arriving in Calgary this year,” urged Paduh.


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