Edmonton Computer Donations and Recycling Gets Federal and Provincial Backing

Electronic Recycling Association of Alberta gets the backing of many federal and provincial politicians because of its very socially and environmentally beneficial programs.

(PRWEB) May 24, 2005 -- Electronic Recycling Association of Alberta gets the backing of many federal and provincial politicians because of its very socially and environmentally beneficial programs.

"The Electronic Recycling Association has created an innovative approach to handling e-waste. I hope other recycling facilities in Alberta will look closely at this new service and look at ways to follow in their footsteps. The Alberta government would like to reduce the annual per capita waste going to landfills from 750 kilograms per person to 500 kilograms by 2010. I'm confident that this new service will contribute to this goal."
- Harvey Cenaiko - MLA Calgary Buffalo, Alberta Solicitor General

"In the fast e-world, obsolescence rushes in at high speed, overwhelming and endangering our lives with the technological waste. The heavy consumption in our society need be balanced with conservation and recycling effort. Our society needs the e-recycling effort, such as Electronic Recycling Association, so it doesn't loose its balance and fall into an disintegrated state. I commend the work of Electronic Recycling Association".
- Wayne Cao, MLA - Calgary Fort Constituency

"The creation of an collection depot is an exciting extension of Edmonton's commitment to recycling."
- Councillor Linda Sloan - Edmonton

"I think that facilities such as this are a fantastic idea and will well serve the Edmonton region."
- James Rajotte, M.P. Edmonton-Leduc

The electronic recycling initiative is an important movement—one that benefits our community, our country, and the greater world we live in. It addresses the interconnectedness of all things, in particular, environmental sustainability, social responsibility and community development. It also offers an excellent means for companies to start implementing corporate social responsibility practices. Working with schools, daycares and community centers, both here and in the developing world, the Electronic Recycling Association of Alberta do an incredible job to provide a fundamental service locally and globally. Edmonton is lucky to now have its own depot—let’s hope the service keeps growing across Canada!
- David Kilgour, M.P. Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont

As the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Strathcona I fully endorse the Electronic Recycling Association of Alberta's efforts to help clean up Edmonton. Recycling electronics is an important step to reducing waste in our landfills and to helping our environment. It is especially rewarding to see an organization like this move into our city where we get the double benefit of a cleaner city and more jobs.
- Mr. Rahim Jaffer, MP for Edmonton Strathcona

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.

For info:
Electronic Recycling Association of Alberta
Edmonton – Computer and Electronics Depot
11404 143 Street
(780) 455-2088
www.era.ca/edmonton.htm

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