ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A company out of Brockport is getting attention in the nation’s capital with its inclusion in the upcoming cellphone exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Sunnking, an electronics recycling and IT asset disposition company, has long advocated for sustainable, environmentally responsible recycling.
For an exhibit titled “Cellphone: Unseen Connections,” the company sent hundreds of locally recycled phones to be displayed and will be open to the public on June 23. Curators at the Smithsonian tell News 8 the exhibit will be available for at least three years.
The exhibit, which features interactive displays and more, highlights the evolution of cell phones and their impact on society over the past few decades.
“It’s a huge deal for us. We’re super excited and also excited for our small group of people that really help put this together, and for our community,” said Robert Burns, director of marketing for Sunnking.
Sunnking says their display at the Smithsonian will serve as a reminder of the importance of reducing e-waste while highlighting the company’s efforts to provide a responsible and sustainable solution to the e-waste crisis.
The exhibit will feature two employee profiles from Sunnking, as part of a ‘diverse group of changemakers who are shaping the cell phones’ present and future.’
“We take people on a journey into the world that is in your cell phone both in terms of the materials, the people and places that go into the making and design, and extraction that makes your cell phone what it is,” said Joshua Bell, curator for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
“I think the message of this whole exhibit is just to be conscious of everything we’re doing with the devices we have. For us as consumption people, we just take everything and don’t think about the long-term effects of devices and electronics we’re using,” said Burns.