GOWANDA - Over seven tons of electronics were recycled this year to benefit Camp Good Days & Special Times. Through the partnership of their customers and neighbors, Gowanda Harley-Davidson recently wrapped up its annual e-scrap recycling program. In collaboration with Sunnking Recycling, over seven tons of computers, televisions, audio/video equipment, industrial copiers, printers, cables, wires and other forms of acceptable electronics were recently recycled at the dealership.
"It breaks down to 14,099 pounds of recycling, which is 26 pallets of e-scrap. We're just thankful we own a forklift," Gowanda Harley-Davidson Marketing Manager Tim McKeever laughs. "The fun thing for us as a dealership is that not only does it allow people to properly dispose of these products, but by combining our relationship with Sunnking, they step up and donate a portion of the proceeds from the recycling to Camp Good Days & Special Times. That's what makes what we do feel so great, so many people coming together for the betterment of our community."
In 2012, Gowanda Harley-Davidson raised 3,954 pounds of e-scrap. This year, they saw an increase of drop-offs by over 56 percent. "We were running out of space in one of our four storage basements. When you have 14,099 pounds of e-scrap around, and our great customers continuing to show up, we couldn't help but wonder if we were going to run out of space. Thankfully, Sunnking made three separate trips from Rochester to make more room," McKeever said.
Gowanda Harley-Davidson Vice-President Marty Reid (right) accepting e-scrap donations from Pastor Brett Davis, associate pastor of the Gowanda Free Methodist Church (left)
Last year, Sunnking recycled a total of 318,541 pounds of e-scrap, which raised more than $10,000 for Camp Good Days & Special Times. "We are so very thankful for all of the businesses and organizations that participated in this year's fundraising event for Camp Good Days," Owner of Sunnking, Inc. Duane Beckett says, according to their website. "It's a great feeling to know that we are able to help such a noble cause while diverting hundreds of thousands of pounds of potentially harmful materials from our waste stream. We look forward to yet another successful event next year." Numbers have yet to be announced for 2013, but are expected soon.
Gowanda Harley-Davidson encourages you to hold on to that e-scrap until next year's dates and then drop them off. Dates will be announced early spring. "For us, it's pretty simple. If we can set our communities up for success, and the individuals who live in them, by supporting organizations like Camp Good Days & Special Times, we want to be there. That's what makes Gowanda Harley-Davidson a great place to do business with; we will be right there in your community, giving back, getting involved, giving more, because that's what family does, and that's what makes us different. We're one of the oldest, continuously family-owned and operated Harley-Davidson dealerships in the world, and taking care of families still remains a priority today," McKeever noted.
Watch for next year's e-scrap dates by logging on to GowandaHarley.com. Items are only accepted during those times. Learn more about e-scrap programs through Sunnking by logging on to www.sunnking.com.