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New West police collecting old electronics – and ensuring data is protected

New Westminster police and the Electronic Recycling Association are hosting a free electronics recycling event on April 13.
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New Westminster police are giving folks an opportunity to get rid of unwanted electronics – while ensuring their data and personal information is protected.

The New Westminster Police Department is once again partnering with the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) to offer a free electronics recycling event. It’s on Saturday, April 13 from noon to 4 p.m. in the parking lot at New Westminster City Hall, 511 Royal Ave.

“Some families may have electronics that are simply taking up space and gathering dust, but they haven’t disposed of them because they’re aware they contain personal information,” NWPD crime prevention coordinator Emma Palmer said in a news release. “By taking these old electronics to this recycling event, you can have peace of mind your data is wiped clean and you’re protected.”

After folks drop off their old devices, the Electronic Recycling Association will data clean the items, and then recycle or refurbish the equipment.

At the upcoming recycling event, residents can drop off their items through a drive-thru or they can park and unload the items with the help of volunteers.

Personal or household appliances are not accepted at the event, but these items are welcome:

  • Consumer electronics (gaming consoles, iPods and mp3 players, stereo equipment, etc.)
  • Desktop computers (PC and Mac, monitors, parts, motherboards, etc.)
  • Handheld devices (smartphones, cell phones, tablets, etc.)
  • Laptops (PC and Mac, docking stations, parts, cables, etc.)
  • Printers (Inkjet and Laserjet, plotters, copiers, scanners, fax machines, etc.)
  • Peripherals (keyboards, mice, CD/DVD ROMs, cards, accessories, etc.)
  • Phone systems
  • Racks and miscellaneous (server racks, lab equipment, disk arrays, etc.)
  • Servers (Rackmount, stand-alone, all brands, etc.)
  • Software (operating system, editing, design, etc.)
  • Specialty items (Cisco networking, switches, routers, etc.)

Founded in 2004, the Electronic Recycling Association is a non-profit organization that works to address the growing problem of e-waste.

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