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Jun 2018

Summer E-Upcycling Had Me a Blast

Someplace in the depths of a closet, attic, or basement, you may have an old TV, computer tower, or stack of CDs from the ‘90s. While taking your items to a responsible e-recycler is always an option, we thought it would be fun to share ways folks have turned old electronics into something new in the gallery below!  There are endless ways to upcycle old technology, whether that’s refurbishing it for modern use of just for a fun DIY project!

Please note some of these materials are sharp. If you decide to do an e-upcycling project, take great caution for your safety, and do not attempt these projects with tech items that contain hazardous waste like mercury, freon, or lead.


9 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Electronics


1. Boom box wall planter

Gardening with repurposed objects is a recurring theme. Planters can be expensive. Using items around the house is an excellent idea. A boom box is more unique than a mason jar and is a retro vintage eye-catcher!


2. Reupholstered cable chair

Have a chair with fabric beyond repair? Old cables can save the frame! This chair uses 70 cables and red cable ties to hold them in place. Cables used include: USB, FireWire, ethernet, electrical, RCA audio, iPod connectors, phone chargers and more.


3. Circuit board coasters

You can now put your glass on the table in a more geeky way! The circuit boards don’t just look nice, they were actually a part of real computers at some stage. Being produced in this way, each coaster is an environmental-friendly recycled product.


4. Modern computer bangle bracelet 

One artisan who recycles computers into jewelry is Milan based Paola Mirai, the creator of Cirkuita collection. Paola meticulously dismantles unwanted gadgets and upcycles them into new jewels.


5. Mac tower coffee table 

Two old Mac towers became an office table in this project by Re:form Designs. Approximately 70% of the materials that go into the table are recycled.


6. CD mosaic frame 

Old Cd’s turn into great craft supplies as they are free (we all have them lying around) and flashy! Cut them up into pieces, glue the pieces on a cardboard frame and slap some fabric paint to fill in the space between. Voila!


7. Keyboard button keychain 

There is a huge variety of fun and functional things that you can achieve from these tiny yet practical keyboard keys. Taking out the keys and securing them to a new object can get you a whole new and creative item like jewelry, paper clips. or a keychain.


8. Satellite dish gazebo 

These massive satellite dishes were popular for less than ten years. Now they’ve been discarded all over the country. They were bulky, complex, expensive, and they became useless. Until now!


9. Circuit board pencil cup

This pencil box was on exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry as part of their Smart Home 2009 Exhibit. The makers said this item was constantly sold out! It’s no longer available for purchase on their site but it’s still very cool and funky!


For those of you who are ready to retire your old tech, 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 or email us at info@sunnking.com. You can also learn more by visiting our website at www.sunnking.com.

Jun 2018

Sunnking Donates Laptops to Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo After Theft of $32,550 in Computers


June 18, 2018

Sunnking Donates Laptops to Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo After Theft of $32,550 in Computers

Buffalo, NY – June 18, 2018 – Sunnking, an electronics recycling company based in Brockport, NY, presented 30 refurbished laptops to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo. When Sunnking heard the news that $32,550 worth of tablet computers were stolen after a vendor failed deliver them to the Boys & Girls Clubs, Sunnking stepped in to provide replacements. The gift will be used for children attending the Boys & Girls Clubs.

“After discovering the unfortunate circumstances that the Boys & Girls Clubs experienced, we were pleased to help a local organization that promotes a safe and positive outlet for our youth” said Adam Shine, Vice President of Sunnking. “The donation aligns with Sunnking’s efforts to support our neighbors in local communities, with a focus on technology, service, and sustainability.”

Shine presented the donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo staff and children during a special presentation on Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Butler-Mitchell Clubhouse, 380 Massachusetts Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14213.

“We are just so grateful to Sunnking,” said Shari McDonough, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo. “Not only did we think we were not going to receive the computers, but we had paid an invoice for over $32,000. As a nonprofit organization, this was a huge hit to our extremely tight cash flow. Fortunately, there are still Good Samaritans in this world like Sunnking. It really touched our hearts that this company reached out to offer to do something like this for our members.”

About Sunnking, Inc.
Founded in 2000, Sunnking, Inc. is New York State’s first R2/RIOS Certified electronics recycling, data destruction, and IT asset management company dealing in end of life electronic equipment. With facilities located in Buffalo, Brockport, and Syracuse, NY, Sunnking specializes in collecting, refurbishing, reselling, and recycling electronic products from residential, commercial, and municipal customers. For more information, visit www.sunnking.com [sunnking.us8.list-manage.com], call 585-637-8365 or email info@sunnking.com.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo’s mission is to provide a safe and stable experience that assures success is within reach of all our members and that they graduate from high school with plans for their future and that they are living a healthy lifestyle. Annually serving over 3,000 children at ten Clubhouse locations throughout the city of Buffalo, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo is a credentialed New York State child care provider for after school and summer programming for children 5-18 years of age.

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Melissa Richter
Marketing Manager
Sunnking Inc.
4 Owens Road
Brockport, NY 14420 Direct Line: (585) 391-1519
General Office: (585) 637-8365
E-Mail: mrichter@sunnking.com
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Jun 2018

On the Topic of Industry Conferences

By Adam Shine, Vice President of Sunnking

Throughout each year, Sunnking representatives, including myself and our CEO, attend numerous conferences. We learn new ideas and trends, network with peers, and can position ourselves as an active member in our industry. These benefits allow us to make strategic decisions that ensure we capitalize on our investment. We highly recommend others to attend conferences and applaud those of you who already do. Below are examples of some meetings we find worthwhile throughout each year.

One of the most important conferences for us is the ISRI National Convention every  April. It is the largest event in the recycling industry. The 25th annual meeting this year had over 5,100 people in attendance. Some trending topics discussed were the economic consequences of China’s decision to stop importing certain materials, regulatory issues, and worker safety. From massive cranes to giant shredders and separators, the recyclers at this expo are paving the way to a more sustainable future and we love being a part of that.

Another important conference we attend is E-Scrap. The 15th annual E-Scrap meeting in September last year had over 1,200 attendees including electronic scrap processors, buyers and brokers, equipment manufacturers, waste haulers, and industry trade associations. There was an exhibit hall, tear-down demos, presentations, Q&A sessions, etc. I  had the pleasure of presenting the impact of increased mercury-bearing flat-panel displays (FPDS) in waste streams and the impact on the industry. This year speakers will discuss topics such as e-scrap collection issues, recycling market factors, and legislative considerations, and the on-going issues related to cathode ray tubes (CRTs)

Additionally, we go to the Electronics Reuse Conference (ERC) in October where we discuss best practices and build relationships that keep the industry moving forward with the most efficient and sustainable resale processes.  This is a key conference for any electronics recycler that wants to look at the benefit of reselling usable components. Many in the industry focus solely on recycling, however, being able to re-purpose, reuse, refurbish and resell is a key differentiator and this conference focuses on those opportunities.

Other conferences focus on different aspects of the business such as sales. Our Product Sales Manager recently attended the Catalyst 2018 Conference hosted by Channel Advisor to get the latest e-commerce information to help with our online sales channels. Our Business Development Manager recently went to the NAID Annual Conference & Expo with the largest concentration of secure data destruction professionals to further develop our sanitization procedures. These are just a few examples of the many opportunities available for professional development.

We are motivated and continuously grow by attending conferences. It is critical to stay on top of the latest trends in our industry.  These can include topics related to safety, new recycling techniques, data destruction and new platforms/opportunities for resale. By keeping our company engaged in various shows it increases our visibility and helps make us a market leader. We encourage others to attend conferences to experience firsthand all the benefits that will prove valuable to the mission of making your business successful.


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