WHITESBORO, N.Y. – An electronics recycling company has officially reopened its Whitesboro facility following a hiatus during the pandemic shutdown.
Sunnking opened in March of 2020, but quickly had to close when the world health crisis began. Operations have been ramping up over the past few months as the need for recycling increases.
Tuesday, the ribbon was cut at the warehouse at 272 Oriskany Boulevard in Whitesboro. Sunnking has another location in Brockport.
The company takes electronic devices and breaks them down to ensure they are recycled properly.
“There's a lot of different metals inside the materials in our phones, in our iPads, in the light up sneakers that your kids have. There are materials in there, there are batteries in there, that need to be extracted the right way that we can then use,” said Robert Burns, marketing director at Sunnking. “There's a lot of value in them as well. So, they take those, and they can make new products, or they can then refine them down and push them along the stream that makes the most sense -- and we are not wasting anything.”
Sunnking will pick up electronics from business locations, and the first time, they'll do it for free.
There will be drive-thru drop-off events for the public, but those haven’t been scheduled yet.
The expansion has also created room for a second location of the Sunnking retail store, eCaboose, which sells refurbished electronics and offers computer support. It's expected to open in 2022.