Each computer his company purchases may be as much as $30 more expensive today than they were this time last year, but you won’t hear Darren Ruhr complaining about the premium.
Ruhr, IT director at Precision Drilling Corp., a Calgary-based contract drilling supplier servicing the oil and gas industry, figures it’s money well spent. It’s a government-imposed fee, new this year. The extra money is supposed to support computer recycling efforts in Alberta.
According to the Alberta government, the $30 could go a long way to improving the collection, dismantling and disposal of computer parts in the province — pieces that could release harmful material (mercury, for example) into the environment if handled improperly.