TECH COLLECT DRIVE
When you donate your used, broken and unwanted devices (computers, laptops and other equipment), they are safely recycled or refurbished, and circulated back to the community to support individuals and families desperately looking for access to technology.
“To help us close the digital divide, we need to kickstart the flow of donations by encouraging residents, organizations and businesses to collect their used, unwanted, broken technology and donate them to us. By doing this, they will help both their community and our environment. We’re incredibly fortunate to have amazing partners help us by offering to host technology drives at this time. Safety remains a priority. All Covid-19 safety protocols will be in place.” ~ Alison Canning, Let’s Get Together
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UPCOMING “DRIVE UP & DROP OFF” COLLECTION EVENTS
Scroll down to see what will be accepted. Physical distancing will be observed. All events will be outdoors.
October 17, 2020
10 am to 3 pm
Paramount Fine Foods Centre
5500 Rose Cherry Place,
Mississauga, ON L4Z 4B6
October 24, 2020,
10 am to 3 pm
Vinyl Wrap Toronto
Vinyl Wrap Toronto
24 Ronson Dr, Unit 1,
Etobicoke, ON M9W 1B4
CAN’T ATTEND ANY OF THE UPCOMING EVENTS?
We have partnered with Vinyl Wrap Toronto to set up a permanent drop off location for your donations at 24 Ronson Dr #1, Etobicoke, ON M9W 1B4. Simply drop by their location during the office hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm or Saturday from 11am to 4pm. Closed on Sunday.
Our first TECH COLLECT DRIVE took place in July 2020 at Paramount Fine Foods Centre in Mississauga, where we collected over 3000 lbs of donations – that’s a weight of a medium hippopotamus! We continue accepting donations and are actively working on setting up more collection events in the GTA area and beyond. Contact us if you would like to get involved!
WHAT WILL BE ACCEPTED AT NO COST
MONITORS & DESKTOPS
PC & MAC
Flat screen TVs
LAPTOPS & NOTEBOOKS
PC & MAC
PRINTERS & SCANNERS
Inkjet & Laserjets
Plotters / Copiers
MOBILE PHONES & TABLETS
Android & iOS
PHONES AND CAMERAS
Keyboard / Mouse
CD / DVD Roms
with micLaptop bags
Earphones with mic
WHAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
x Personal electronics (shavers, toothbrushes etc.)
x Household appliances (microwaves, blenders, toasters, etc)
x Kitchen appliances (refrigerators, stoves, coffee makers, etc)
x Large tube TVs
I am a new immigrant to Canada and I have 3 children. I am due to start school in September.
My school has informed me that the course will be 100% online. Likewise, my daughters are also doing home school online.
It has been a struggle for us as the only computer we are managing broke down and we have been given a bill of $850 dollars to fix this.
I am currently not working due to COVID-19 and closure of day care centres.
I am making a passionate appeal to be considered for 2 laptops for myself and my daughters to enable us to work at our individual pace without interference.
I am writing to greet you and apply a renewable laptop through your initiative.
I came to Canada as a refugee in 2017 and I have been working in the kitchen area as a dishwasher.
Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic I have not been able to work for 4 months.
It has been difficult for me to access computers due to the fact that the libraries are closed and I would like to have my own to be able to make summaries and send it to different employers.
It is very difficult for me to work with my cell phone and I do not have the money to buy a new computer.
I hope to have your support.J.
Thank you so much for being so understanding.
I just cannot get over this fear I have of this virus. I think it is because I now know 2 people close to me who have died of it and one other who is fighting it. I will get over it soon I hope.
You are a wonderful caring person and I am so glad to have gotten to know you. I am glad to know that I can apply for a laptop later on, thanks. Thank you for delivering the computer ink and the yellow highlighters to me. That was so kind of you and I hope it was not too much trouble for you. I got the business card you enclosed.
I saw the great write up you got in the Guardian as it highlights the great work you are doing.T.
Electronic Recycling Association will provide complimentary data removal for all equipment donated.
Addressing data security represents a core element of the Electronic Recycling Association’s (ERA) value proposition and service offering. ERA posses robust data wiping and physical destruction capabilities, and have employed these capabilities in partnership with Canadian Law Enforcement agencies as part of their efforts to raise awareness of the dangers associated with inadequate diligence around personal computing devices. Studies have shown that fear of data being recovered from old equipment is one of the biggest obstacles of reuse. When you utilize the ERA’s data destruction services, you can be assured that your data will be secure from retrieval.
You should always protect your personal information on your discarded computers, laptops, USB drives or other storage devices by securely and permanently wiping it first. Just deleting your files is not enough. They can be restored using special software and tools.
Here are some resources that you might find useful: