Earlier this week, U.S. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter congratulated Sunnking, a local e-recycling business, on winning the Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Quality Award for work in dismantling, refurbishing and recycling electronic waste. In February, Slaughter recommended Sunnking for the Environmental Quality Award, which honors individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to improving the environment.
Sunnking was the only business in upstate New York to receive the award.
"What Sunnking has achieved here is remarkable," Slaughter said. "Not only is Sunnking's work benefiting our environment and the public health of our communities, but they are creating green jobs in an industry that is set to transform our economy. I was proud to nominate them for this award, and I am thrilled that their hard work and innovative solutions have earned them the recognition that this award brings."
Sunnking specializes in dismantling, sorting, refurbishing and reselling electronics and equipment, and serves most of Rochester's top businesses, including Xerox, the University of Rochester, and local government offices such as the Social Security Administration. The company has about 150 recycling collection sites around the area that allows the public to drop off items for recycling at no cost. Sunnking has held e-waste collections across Western New York.
Sunnking has been in business for more than a decade and serves all of New York. Last year, Sunnking recycled 14 million pounds of electronics.
"I'm proud to accept this award, not only to validate the tremendous work that the people of Sunnking do every day, but to show the world that being environmentally conscious and running a successful business are not mutually exclusive - in fact, it's what we do every day here at Sunnking," said Duane Beckett, CEO of Sunnking. "On behalf of all the employees, I want to thank Congresswoman Slaughter and the EPA for recognizing the extraordinary work that we do here and for raising awareness about the merits of recycling and reusing old electronic goods."
Sunnking's e-waste recycling process maximizes value and recoverability in an environmentally friendly manner by minimizing hazardous and harmful materials that would normally end up in community waste streams. In fact, only 2 percent of the company's waste goes to landfills.
Sunnking is the first electronic recycler in the state to receive the prestigious responsible recycling (or R2) certification.
Sunnking formally received the Environmental Quality Award on April 19 from EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck at Region 2 headquarters in Manhattan.