By Adam Shine, Vice President of Sunnking
This year marks Sunnking’s 8th annual E-Scrap for Camp program, a free electronics recycling event for participating organizations in the Western New York area. Every March for the last eight years, Sunnking has raised funds with our program to help send kids to Camp Good Days and Special Times, a camp for children whose lives have been touched by cancer. I highly encourage any organization to find ways to give back and have the utmost respect for those that make a point to have corporate responsibility.
The preparation and execution of our E-Scrap for Camp program takes months of hard work and is well worth it. Since we first started the program in 2010, over 3.1 million pounds of electronics have been collected and recycled and over $75,000 donated thanks to the efforts of participating organizations and our staff. I always say my favorite part of the program is writing the check at the end. It certainly feels good to make a positive impact on the lives of these families who have had to endure difficult circumstances confronting cancer. The kids who attend Camp Good Days and Special Times enjoy fun activities throughout the year that kids are supposed to enjoy during their childhood like swimming, going to parks, riding horses, and cooking out. They get to be away from the hospital and worrying about their cancer or a family member’s cancer. Putting a smile on these kids’ faces is the ultimate goal.
The more participation we have, the more we can donate and send kids to camp. To increase participation, we utilize our social media channels and our marketing and sales teams. This year we had about 400 participants, which is almost 100 more than our previous record. Each organization receives boxes from Sunnking and collects electronics from employees, friends, and family. It’s easy and free for organizations so it’s a win-win for everyone in our upstate communities.
While our E-Scrap for Camp program takes great effort, there are all kinds of opportunities in every community for teams within organizations to get involved. Whether it be coordinating an event to raise funds for a cause or going to volunteer at a local soup kitchen, any corporate responsibility is great for connecting with those around you and is a positive impact on the community in which you live and work.
Shout out to our planet Earth and all its beauty! For Earth Day this year the movement is focusing on ending plastic pollution. Since 1950, plastic production has grown about 8 percent annually. From computers and cell phones to televisions and microwaves, plastics have revolutionized the way we live with innovations in electronics we love! A 2016 study by the National Center of Electronics (NCER) found the typical flat screen device is made up of 20 – 24 percent e-plastics, 50 percent for printers, and more than 80 percent for keyboards and mice. That’s a lot of plastic and is one of the many reasons why it’s so important for consumers and businesses alike to take their unwanted electronics to a certified e-recycler.
When commodities are recovered, they’re diverted away from landfills. There’s also a ton of hazardous material in e-waste we don’t want seeping into our Mother Earth! About 70 percent of recycled tech is manufactured into reusable commodities including plastic, steel, aluminum, copper, lead, circuit boards, and glass. Unfortunately, only 15-20 percent of all e-waste makes its way to a recycling facility. The reuse of used electronics and their commodities sustains the earth and natural resources, conserves a significant amount of energy in manufacturing processes, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions from those facilities.
For Earth Day 2018, we’re presenting you a quick video on how the electronics recycling process works. Watch below and learn what happens to your electronics after they’re taken to a certified e-recycler!
Sunnking has residential electronics collection events in the upstate N.Y. area throughout the year. You can view the schedule by clicking below! Have more e-recycling questions? Feel free to give us a ring anytime at 585-637-8365!
Sunnking attended the 2018 ISRI Convention and Exposition over the past few days in Las Vegas. Pictured above from left to right: Sunnking’s CEO Duane Beckett, VP Adam Shine, and board members Brian Shine and Peter Linder. Brian was voted in as the 16th Chairman of ISRI! Sunnking was proud and happy to congratulate him! the Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) promotes safe, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible recycling through networking, advocacy, and education. To learn more visit ISRI.org.
Our Product Sales Manager, Alan Karchefsky, is currently attending the Catalyst 2018 conference in San Diego, getting the latest e-commerce scoop. Learn more at http://catalyst.channeladvisor.com.
Sunnking’s Business Development Manager, Phil Bove, attended the NAID Annual Conference & Expo this past weekend in Nashville, TN. It’s the largest concentration of secure data destruction professionals worldwide and is home to the industry’s largest trade exhibition of products and services. Learn more by visiting naidonline.org.
Watch the video below and meet Cindy Jessop, the woman behind all of Sunnking’s collection events and collection site partners! With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Cindy’s accomplishments are truly admirable and her work ethic is out of this world!