An electronics recycling event coming up this month will do more than just reduce e-waste. An Apex resident is teaming up with Town Hall and the Kramden Institute, a local non-profit, to provide refurbished technology to families who need it.
Kramden’s volunteers collect donated computers, refurbish them, and donate them to economically disadvantaged students, known as “Kramden Scholars”.
Jeffrey Sandhofer, Apex resident and Kramden volunteer is spearheading the effort to identify Kramden Scholars in Apex schools. He hopes to provide 40-50 students with a computer of their own, along with ongoing technical support from the Kramden team.
"Everyone I have spoken with about the event seems to have an old serviceable PC in their garage or attic,” said Sandhofer. “With Kramden's program and Apex area residents having an easy drop off site, we can help economically challenged students in our community be successful students with the right tools, recycle our old electronics, and clean out our garages all at the same time. It does not get much better than that."
Apex Town Hall will serve as the collection facility for this event to be held Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 8am - noon. Kramden will be on site to accept used computers and computer accessories. All donated systems go through a process at Kramden to have the hard drives wiped and new operating system loaded.
Synergy Recycling will also be on hand to dispose of any computer parts that cannot be used, along with a variety of other electronics items. Almost anything with a cord, including the following items will be accepted:
- Monitors (CRT type)
- TV's, VCR, CD Players, DVD Players
- Power tools
- Calculators, Telephones, Radios
- Cell Phones
- Fax Machines, Copiers, printers
- Microwaves and other small kitchen appliances
- Batteries, wire, cable, and any other miscellaneous electronic equipment
- No refrigerators, washers, dryers or CFL bulbs will be accepted
“The Town of Apex is very pleased to partner with the Kramden Institute. Equipping our young Kramden Scholars in this manner is a great service to the community in many ways,” said Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly.