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Research Triangle Foundation and the RTP Owners & Tenants Association Sustainability Committee is hosting its annual Electronics Recycling Drive Thru Thursday, April 13 to support Kramden Institute and its efforts facing environmental issues that matter to the RTP community. 

Last year, Kramden Institute was awarded a STEM RTP grant to support their mission in digital literacy training and computer devices to advance digital inclusion and diversity, equity and inclusion. Recipients such as Kramden undergo a competitive process for these grants, a program working to close the racial, gender and accessibility gap in STEM education in North Carolina. STEM RTP is powered and backed by the RTP DEI Collective, RTP Charitable Fund, and Fidelity Charitable.

Kramden Institute’s Impact

Over 9,000 individuals have completed one of Kramden’s adult computer classes, taken part in their STEM after-school programs, or enrolled in one of their workshops or technology camps. Kramden will award its 50,000th computer to a North Carolina recipient in 2023, their 20th anniversary.

Why this matters

Only 15% of America’s electronic waste is reused, and each new laptop requires significant water and raw materials. Kramden accepts surplus technology from businesses and individuals, refurbishing what can be reused and responsibly recycling the rest with R2-certified recycling partners in the U.S. They accept laptops, desktops, LCD monitors, peripherals, tablets and cell phones. Businesses with larger volumes can schedule a free pick-up and receive a certificate of data destruction.

Get Involved

Stop by the parking lot at 500 Park Offices Drive, RTP, NC 27709, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to recycle your electronic waste – working or not. Last year, 98 assets were donated; let’s top that this year! Fill out the donation form before arriving to expedite the drop-off process.

Because Kramden Institute is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, your equipment donations are tax-deductible, subject to IRS regulations. As a non-profit, Kramden is pleased to offer donation receipts. You can complete an Equipment Donation Receipt and bring it with you to the event or complete the form onsite.

About the Research Triangle Foundation

As stewards of the Park, RTF leads the Triangle in creating a thriving business environment, promoting economic development, and facilitating strategic partnerships that benefit our region and state. Through its commitment to fostering connections, environmental stewardship, innovation and collaboration, the Foundation invests in programs that cultivate vibrant communities within the Park.

Our core mission since the founding of RTP in 1959:

  • Facilitate collaboration between the Triangle universities.
  • Promote cooperation between universities and industry.
  • Create an economic impact for residents of North Carolina.