Sunnking, Brockport, New York, has released a live shredder camera that enables residents and businesses to remotely watch as devices get destroyed. The camera provides a behind-the-scenes view of the electronics recycling process.
According to a news release from Sunnking, the live-stream camera gives residents and businesses more insight into the privacy measures put in place after they drop off their devices to be recycled.
“We see thousands of people recycle their tech at our collection events, through our fundraiser or during business pickups, and they deserve to know what’s happening to those devices after they change hands,” says Robert Burns, marketing director at Sunnking. “To us it’s important people know the process and know what is happening to the devices they’ve trusted us to either erase or destroy.”
Sunnking collects electronics from residents at the company’s free electronics recycling events throughout the state of New York and from western and central New York businesses. The company’s shredders cut through nearly 500,000 pounds of material each month.
A high-definition Toshiba security camera powers the live shredder camera, showing the first stage of the shredding process. According to Sunnking, electronics are fed into the machine on a conveyer belt to be broken down. The conveyor pushes the material through a ring mill to be further crushed and pulverized. Next, a powerful magnetic pulley divides any steel materials from the mix, and human sorters then separate aluminum. The leftover materials are then sorted and sent for processing and future recycling.
With the new cameras in place, viewers can watch the company’s shredder demolish devices anytime Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. EDT.
“Privacy is so important for everyone in their personal and professional lives, and this is another tool for you to ensure who you’re recycling with is doing the right thing,” says Adam Shine, vice president of Sunnking. “There can be pounds of recoverable materials inside each device, like copper, plastic and gold, that we try to ensure each bit goes to the proper recycle stream.”Sunnking adds that its shredder cuts through recycled hard drives, computers, tablets, televisions and most other retired technology. Additionally, the company securely erases all data on electronics it collects. Its priority is to find a second life for those devices through reuse and resale.