SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – A Rochester company’s registration roster fills up after around 2,000 people sign up for their electronic recycling event April 17.
“This year we are going to likely see that we’ll have to turn people away because they did not make a reservation or they just missed it,” said Director of Marketing Robert Burns.
Each event Sunnking holds will bring in about 100 tons of electronics with each car having an average of 120 pounds, Burns said.
The company allows a maximum of four old tube TVs per car due to the fact that they are harder to breakdown and recycle properly, Burns said.
No other electronic items have caps.
The computers, televisions, and other electronics get broken down into raw materials by Sunnking and are sent to their partners to be recycled properly, Burns said.
The number of people attending have decreased because of COVID-19 after making it a registration only event, Burns said.
“When it was a come one come whenever, we would see around 3,000 people or in some cases four to five (thousand),” Burns said.
Prior to COVID-19, people were getting out of cars to unload items. It is now a ticketed system to ensure the safety of guests and employees, Burns said.
“We had to change a lot of the little things to make sure that people weren’t really interacting as much,” Burns said.
Sunnking has seen an increase in demand for people wanting to get rid of the “junk” in their homes after being stuck inside during the pandemic, Burns said.
“A lot of these events we put on last year sold out really really fast,” Burns said. “I think people are starting to look forward to it more.”
The company asks for a donation upon registration to keep the next events running.
Sunnking Electronic Recycling will be holding the event at Cicero-North Syracuse High School for community members. It will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m on April 17.