From Our Founder
The idea for the Electronic Recycling Association came to me as the result of an experience I had when I first moved to Canada. My family and I emigrated from Croatia in 1996 and couldn’t bring much with us. Shortly after we settled, the church group that my family and I belonged to gave me a computer. This seemingly small gift had an immeasurable impact on my life. Armed with this precious piece of technology, I began to learn the art of computer science, giving me access to information at the click of a button and the ability to complete school assignments that really stood out.
Later on, I noticed during a trip to the landfill that there were a lot of computers being dumped there. Computers that still had significant useful life in them, a fact I wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for that computer I was given as a young adult. I was surprised that people would just throw away working technology, and so I started collecting those dumped computers and fixing them up. It was a hobby for me, but I quickly discovered that people really wanted these computers that I was fixing up, needed them.
I formed the ERA because I saw a great need for better management of the waste created by electronics. The other reason is that I know, from personal experience, how much a donated computer can mean to a family who can’t afford to purchase one.
In this, the ERA’s 10th year anniversary, I would like to personally thank you for your support. Your generosity has made a real difference, and I look forward with great excitement to the positive changes the ERA will continue to make in our communities and for our environment.
Talk to us about becoming an Awareness Ambassador in your community, setting up your next charity fundraiser, or starting a community clean up event. Together, we can work towards a future with less e-waste.