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Don’t Dump It – Donate It!

Frances McCart By Frances McCart,
Vice-President, Business Development at Eagle

I have been working in the technology industry for over 2 decades and have had the pleasure of working for companies who regularly refresh the technology they use internally.  For people who are surrounded by technology, you tend to take for granted the access you have to technology, both at work and in your home life.  One also makes the assumption that living in Canada, everyone has access to some sort of computer at school, at home or at work.  This assumption was quashed recently for me.

Don't Dump It - Donate It! Eagle recently went through a technology refresh and we had a number of gently used computers and peripherals up for grabs.  We asked around our office if anyone was interested, and some were taken but a number were left unclaimed. The computers were earmarked for the “technology dump/reseller” market when I made a last ditch effort to find homes for them.  I called around to a number of schools in Toronto to see if any of them could use extra computers.  Much to my surprise, I had immediate takers for the 4 computers we had.   I spoke with a very excited school Principal who said she had a great home for the computers: 2 for her school library and 2 for families who did not have access to a computer at home.

I had the great pleasure of dropping off the computers at the school and was greeted by some of the future users.  They were all excited to see they would have 2 more computers in their library and that 2 of their friends would now have computers at home.

Several organizations have computer refresh programs and many corporations do not donate their used computers, but send them off to companies who strip them down. By simply formatting the hard drive, you can ensure safety of your data and these computers can be donated to organizations or schools in need.

I’m pleased that we were able to find such a good home for these computers, and encourage others to explore these options before having their computers end up in a landfill.

1 thought on “Don’t Dump It – Donate It!

  1. Thanks to one of our readers who sent us the following comment with regards to ensuring your data is protected when donating an old computer:

    “Formatting the hard drive is not sufficient protection when donating equipment. Formatting a hard drive does not remove sensitive information from the device. The hard drive should be wiped (overwritten) before it is donated: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security/online-privacy/safely-dispose-computers-and-devices.aspx. This may also be a useful resource on the subject: https://www.ipc.on.ca/images/resources/naid.pdf.”

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