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Apr 2013
23

Goodwill of the Finger Lakes Announces Million Pound Challenge

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(Rochester, NY) – In celebration of Earth Week, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes formally announced today that it is launching the Million Pound Challenge in an effort to bring the entire community together to work toward the common goal of keeping an additional one million pounds of useful items out of landfills this year by donating to Goodwill.

“During the year-long Million Pound Challenge, Goodwill is calling on individual donors, businesses, schools, faith communities, and the community as a whole to each do their part to make our community a better place to live and work,” said Sondra McFarlane, Vice President of Retail at Goodwill of the Finger Lakes.

According to McFarlane, donors dropped off seven million pounds of clothing, books, shoes, linens, household items, and electronics to Goodwill last year, diverting what would have just become waste taking up space in landfills. Those items were instead converted into treasured items, that when sold in local Goodwill stores, create revenues that support programs and services that prepare and empower people with barriers to independence to be self-sufficient and contribute to their families and communities.

“We want to thank everyone who donated last year and helped Goodwill to keep our air cleaner, our ground water safer, and our future brighter,” said McFarlane. “This year, let’s do more. Together.”

Goodwill Expands Donated Items It Accepts

Goodwill has always been the place for people to bring the gently used clothing, books, shoes, linens, and household items that they no longer need or want.

As a part of the Million Pound Challenge, Goodwill also announced today that it is partnering with local electronics recycler Sunnking to expand the list of donated items to include computers, cell phones, toner cartridges, and other similar electronics that it will accept at its stores and attended donation centers throughout the Greater Rochester and Onondaga County areas.

“Thanks to the award-winning work Sunnking Electronics Recycling does to divert electronic waste from ending up in landfills, through this partnership Goodwill can now be certain that electronic donations made during the Million Pound Challenge that are not sold in our stores will be recycled in the proper manner,” said McFarlane.

“We are honored that Goodwill has selected us as their electronics recycling partner,” said Duane Beckett, Chairman & CEO of Sunnking. “We know that Goodwill of the Finger Lakes has a tremendous reputation and also has their pick of service providers, so we are thankful to be chosen. By adding Goodwill’s locations to our extensive collection network, we are able to provide residents and small businesses a free, easy and convenient way to drop off old, obsolete and unwanted electronics.”

Additionally, Goodwill announced that the Democrat and Chronicle92.5 WBEE96.5 WCMF98 PXY98.9 The Buzz, and Sports Radio 950 AM ESPN have joined the Million Pound Challenge as media partners.

More information about the Million Pound Challenge by Goodwill, including a list of upcoming donation events and those that have taken the challenge by donating to Goodwill can be found on Goodwill’s website.

Apr 2013
22

Congresswoman Slaughter Congratulates Sunnking On Winning 2013 EPA Environmental Quality Award

On Earth Day, Slaughter Congratulates Local E-Recycling Business On Winning EPA Award

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BROCKPORT, NY – Today, Congresswoman Slaughter congratulated Sunnking, a local e-recycling business, on winning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Quality Award for their work in dismantling, refurbishing and recycling electronic waste. In February, Congresswoman Slaughter recommended Sunnking for the Environmental Quality Award, which honors individuals and organizations who 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,” said Congresswoman Slaughter. “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 been in business for over a decade and serves all of New York State. 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 our community’s waste streams. In fact, only 2% of their waste goes to landfills. They are the first electronic recycler in NYS to receive the prestigious Responsible Recycling or R2 Certification.

Sunnking formally received the Environmental Quality Award on Friday, April 19 from EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck at Region 2 headquarters in Manhattan. http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/2e5e212d26cb2c4785257b520055cd32!OpenDocument

 

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