Computer Donations and Recycling Calgary, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Faces A Brick Wall Also Known As the Ignorance of the Government and Its Arms-Length Organizations
Calgary, AB (PRWEB) September 8, 2005
The Electronic Recycling Association of Alberta is struggling to meet the demand of low income peoples, communities, non profit groups, 3rd world countries, for old computer equipment. Due to the lack of care by AlbertaÂs government agencies and departments many Alberta based businesses, organizations, and government bodies have been convinced that it is better to destroy a possibly working computer than to give it to a poor person to use.
Research has shown that fear of sensitive information stored on old PCs being used maliciously is one of the biggest obstacles preventing environmental disposal and re-use of old IT equipment.
ERA provides data removal or drive wiping up to the US Department of Defense clearing & sanitizing standard DoD 5220.22-M. This standard requires all storage and indexing locations on the hard drives within the computer to be overwritten three times with zeros and random characters. This is generally adopted as industry standard.
Additionally, we can also physically destroy hard drives by shredding.
There is no reason for organizations, government departments, schools and colleges to ship their computers to recycling firms or landfills to be destroyed. Many of these computers can be used to help people learn here in Alberta, and especially in the 3rd world, where they have no computers at all.
ERA’s goal is to collect 100,000 computers this year and provide them to people in need.
Companies, organizations, and government departments need to realize that just because their old computer is junk to them, doesn’t mean somebody else wouldn’t be able use it.
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