What we do
Power up the Planet is an emerging environmental organization with a mandate to reduce electronic waste that would otherwise be disposed of in landfills. We collect and refurbish unwanted and broken technology, which we then donate to charities and other non profits in Edmonton and area. The remaining unusable materials are properly recycled.
Founder Derrick Meyer got the inspiration for Power up the Planet after an experience he had refurbishing old electronics found in his garage that he later donated to a friend who was in need. PUP now has a team of individuals who are working towards the goal of reducing e-waste in and around Edmonton.
Everyone! Not only does Power up the Planet reduce the amount of harmful heavy metals in landfills, but we empower charities and individuals to have a greater impact on the community.
Specifically, we support charities and non-profits in Edmonton and area who don't have a large budget, but are in need of technology for themselves or for those they help.
What is E-waste?
E-waste is used to describe consumer and business electronics that are nearing the end of their useful life. While the definition is relatively loose, most agree that computers, phones, monitors and even printers fall into this category.
E-waste is dangerous for the environment for several reasons. Firstly, most electronic components contain heavy metals, which can seep into freshwater sources, which is dangerous for fish and other animals that drink the water. Other components such as the gas in CRT televisions can also be dangerous and should be disposed of properly. Ultimately, electronics don't break down like natural products do, resulting in environmental damage.
What about sensitive information?
We cover that as well! We only reuse hard drives from donated electronics if the donee gives us permission. Otherwise, we physically destroy it at our office and send it to our associated recycler for shredding. Whether or not we reuse a hard drive, we completely wipe any data on it with 3 passes of a random data program; the same method used for wiping government information.
How can you help?
If you have old or broken electronics you want to get rid of, contact and support us with donations!