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Oct 2018

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Fall Meeting

Our Director of Operations and EHS, Matt Plummer, is at the fall Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) meeting. ISRI promotes safe, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible recycling through networking, advocacy, and education. Sunnking is proud to be a member. For more information, visit the ISRI site by following this link: http://www.isri.org/

Oct 2018

Sunnking Participates in Project Advancing Scrap Electronics Recovery

By Sunnking’s Vice President, Adam Shine

Facing monumental challenges in creating a sustainable and prosperous future requires decreasing energy consumption and carbon emissions. The U.S. manufacturing industry accounts for 25% of the country’s total energy consumption alone. In an effort to reduce this percentage, the U.S. Department of Energy selected the Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance to lead the new Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute. REMADE’s research and technology development, including advancements in plastics and electronics recycling, aims to make substantial contributions towards converting a global economy from linear to circular processes primarily for manufacturing.

The Institute is comprised of 26 universities, 44 companies, 7 national labs, and 26 industry trade associations leading the largest and most complex efforts to date in U.S. history in developing manufacturing processes that are critical to be competitive on a global stage. Currently, there are 17 REMADE initiatives which recently received the first round of federal funding totaling $70 million, and an additional $70 million in contributions from REMADE members. Sunnking is an active member supporting the goals of REMADE and is proud to be participating in one such initiative.

The Idaho National Lab (INL) has done extensive work on e-waste recovery and approached Sunnking to collaborate on a REMADE project titled “Evaluation of Logistics Systems for Collection, Reprocessing, and Production of Secondary Feedstocks from e-Waste.” As a logistics modeling specialist, INL presented the idea to apply their experience modeling industry supply chains for optimal efficiency to an e-recycling business model. The goal is to reduce inefficiencies within logistics of electronics processors’ operations by creating a decision support framework (DSF) software based on data Sunnking provides, and tests conducted within our operations. Once completed, the DSF will provide e-recyclers information they do not presently have on how their operations are connected to the e-scrap recovery ecosystem. This information is key to improving industry performance on local and national scales.

The inefficiencies the project aims to improve are evidenced by the low rate of e-scrap recycling at the consumer level. Seventy-five percent of collected material is received from businesses even though residents are the major consumers of electronics. The low collection rate can be attributed to residents’ inability to easily find e-recycling facilities and low economic incentives for them to recycle.  Furthermore, the economics of going door to door isn’t justifiable by electronics recyclers.

Currently, the project is in the budgeting and approval process. We anticipate beginning work on project tasks in late 2018 or early 2019 with a two-year term. The INL will develop documents and training on how to use the DSF for recyclers to fully implement the new technology into their operations.

Disparate goals of individual stakeholders create conflicts but with the DSF, balanced decision making will create economically and environmentally sustainable supply chains and processes. All dynamic market conditions will be incorporated into the DSF, allowing us to move forward with innovative solutions for the health and safety of our environment and our future.  We are eager about the potential impact this development is expected to have on the industry and excited to be on the ground floor of research and innovation.

Oct 2018

Sunnking Attends WNY Facilities Management & Maintenance Expo

Sunnking representatives, Melissa Richter and Christina Nelson, were at the 23rd Annual WNY Facilities Management & Maintenance Expo. Every year Sunnking attends this expo and has a great time networking with other businesses!

Oct 2018

E-Recycling Facts – Infographic

In 2018, 50 million tons of e-waste will accumulate around the world and only 20% will be recycled properly. This is why the first ever International E-Waste Day has been set for October 13th – to increase awareness of e-recycling and get more devices in the hands of responsible recyclers. Leading up to Int. E-Waste Day, we’ve made an infographic to showcase facts about the industry !

Pick a certified e-recycler nearest you by visiting sustainableelectronics.org/recyclers. Sunnking has residential electronic collection events throughout the upstate NY area throughout the year. We’ll be posting the 2019 schedule this December at the following link: https://www.sunnking.com/consumer-business/events/

Have more e-recycling questions? Feel free to give us a ring anytime at 585-637-8365!

Oct 2018

First International E-Waste Day Set for October 13th

The first International E-Waste Day has been set for October 13th. Events and campaigns for the day aim to promote the correct disposal of electrical and electronic equipment throughout the world.

Sunnking is posting e-recycling topics everyday on our social media outlets during the week leading up to October 13th. Our first topic was where to recycle electronics in our region. Check out three ways to recycle your electronics in image below. Only 20% of global e-waste (which is 40 out of 50 million tons) is recycled each year. Let’s do our best to make it to an e-recycler!

You can check out this infographic on where to take devices that are especially hard to recycle (mostly due to hazardous waste within them), including batteries, smoke detectors, CRT TVs, and freon containing items.

Lastly, learn the ins and outs of why it’s important to choose a certified responsible e-recycler in another one of our blog posts.

Have more e-recycling questions? Feel free to give us a ring anytime at 585-637-8365!


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