The Southwestern College Green Team collaborated with the City of Winfield and Grace United Methodist Church to host an e-waste recycling event on Feb. 11.
More than six tons of electronic waste was kept out of landfills as participants collected 12,421 pounds of outdated, unused, or nonfunctioning electronics to be sent to Vintage Tech Recyclers.
Nearly 30 students from Southwestern helped out along with eight workers from the Winfield Correctional Facility and volunteers from Grace United Methodist Church. Vintage Tech LLC collected the items and processed them for recycling. Vintage Tech guarantees 100% security on all hard drives and customer information.
There were 64 different items brought to the event for recycling. The most popular items were cable and cords (111) followed by computers (77), batteries (67), and printers (63).
“The recycling of electronics is so important,” says Green Team director Jason Speegle. “It prevents many toxic materials from being dumped in a landfill and allows new products to be manufactured using fewer natural resources. We were very excited to be able to offer this service to the Cowley County community. We hope to have our next e-waste collection sometime during the fall of 2014.”