Green Team is a ministry team that works to educate the congregation on the importance of caring for God’s creation.

Green Team partners with the Southwestern College’s Green Team to host the community E-Recycling*. We also do an annual clean up of Island Park to celebrate Earth Day and an annual No-Waste Dinner to encourage gardening and producing less waste.


E-Waste Recycling Event Scheduled for February 5, 2019

Winfield, Kan., Jan. 18, 2019 — The Green Team of Southwestern College will again collaborate with Grace United Methodist Church and the City of Winfield for an e-waste recycling event from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Barn #4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds. The Green Team will be accepting donations to help offset the cost of transporting electronics to the recycler.

“Recycling electronic devices is very important for our planet and our community,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team at Southwestern College.  “When electronics are sent to the landfill, they have the potential to leach hazardous toxins into our soil and drinking water. Recycling electronics ensures that they are disposed of safely and many of the components will be reused.”

Businesses and individuals may bring items to the event. GON Recycling will collect the items and process them for recycling. GON Recycling guarantees 100 percent security on all hard drives and customer information. They are e-Stewards, R2 and ISO 14001 Certified.

GON Recycling accepts the following electronic items: computers, laptops, servers, network equipment, LCD Monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers, POS scanners and equipment, stereo equipment, small household appliances such as toasters, irons, and coffee pots, telephones, telecommunications equipment, phone systems, security equipment, industrial equipment, UPS systems, cell phones, VCRs, radios, keyboards and computer mice, lead acid batteries, re-chargeable batteries, industrial control panels, ink and toner.

Medical equipment that has been inspected and decontaminated of bloodborne pathogens, fluids, solvents, pressure gases or radioactive sources is also accepted. Proof of decontamination is required. This can be a decontaminated sticker or paperwork attached to the unit.

The Green Team and GON Recycling will recycle CRT TVs and monitors for a $5 fee. Everything else is no cost.

“If you need to recycle these items, please bring the funds to pay the recycling fee,” Speegle says.

GON Recycling cannot accept these items: refrigerators, air conditioners that are not properly drained, light bulbs, smoke alarms, alkaline batteries, and items that contain bloodborne pathogens, fluids, solvents, Freon, pressure gases, radioactive or gasoline sources.

“On behalf of the Green Team at Southwestern, Grace United Methodist Church, and the City of Winfield, we are excited to continue to be able to provide this service to the Winfield community,” Speegle says.

For questions about recycling, please contact Jason Speegle at (620) 229-6311 or by email at jason.speegle@sckans.edu.

Southwestern College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south central Kansas. Today its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world. Southwestern College Professional Studies provides options for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for persons serving in the military. The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.


If you would like to contact the Green Team, you may email Charlie Hunter at charles.hunter@sckans.edu.