Donated Computers - Environmentally-Friendly Agreement Between Canadian Pacific Railway and the Calgary's Electronic Recycling Association

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Electronic Recycling Association (ERA)'s Calgary Computer and Electronics Depot has been open for 3 years now, helping residents and companies donate and recycle their old computers and electronics, and ERA plans to open 1 more depot to help even more people with donations. Office Depot, Zellers, and A&B Sound stores are also collecting donations on ERA's behalf. ERA helps individuals donate and recycle their old computers and laptops as well as large companies as seen in this example.

Thousands of Albertans in need will benefit from a very environmentally-friendly agreement between Canadian Pacific Railway and the Electronic Recycling Association.

Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) has entered into an agreement with the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) that will see the donation of thousands of computers that no longer fit CPR's operating specifications.

"These computers do not fit with our day-to-day rail operations anymore, so, we are very pleased to donate them to charities and non-profits who can still benefit from them," says Allen Borak, vice president of CPR's business information and technology services. "CPR expects to supply the ERA with more than 2,000 desktops and 1,800 laptops in the next two years."

"Thousands of computers are routinely sent to landfills or to be smelted in Canada and the US, while thousands upon thousands of people wish they could afford a computer or a laptop," says ERA managing director, Bojan Paduh. "ERA ensures nobody is socially excluded by providing refurbished computers collected all across Canada."

ERA is able to meet CPR's security standards as it will wipe the hard drives of all computers, ensure the removal of all data from equipment, up to the U.S Department of Defense standards and RCMP Standards, and issue certificates of certified drive wiping.

"As well, ERA's policy also ensures that everything is dealt with environmentally and recycles the obsolete with certified recyclers, which means no harmful components are sent to landfill," Borak added.

CPR plans to donate computers from its offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto and coordinate pick-ups with the ERA throughout the U.S. Equipment will be donated to charities, not-for-profit groups, libraries, community access centres, daycares and elderly establishments in North America and potentially overseas.

Canadian Pacific Railway (http://www.cpr.ca), recognized internationally for its scheduled railway operations, is a transcontinental carrier operating in Canada and the U.S. Its 14,000-mile rail network serves the principal centers of Canada, from Montreal to Vancouver, and the U.S. Northeast and Midwest regions. CPR feeds directly into America's heartland from the East and West coasts. Alliances with other carriers extend its market reach throughout the U.S. and into Mexico.

Electronic Recycling Association (http://www.era.ca), collects computers and electronics for donation and recycling in Canada. Established and headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, ERA has grown to offer services in Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and entire Canada. ERA donates large amounts of refurbished computers to many charitable and non profit causes in Canada, ensuring access to technology for everyone.

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