Feb. 11 from 3-6 p.m. at the Winfield Fair Grounds barn 4, Green Team will host their annual e-waste project.
E-waste is the recycling of electronics, just about anything electronic can be donated. Selena Barnett marine biology junior said, “People bring in miscellaneous wires, old phones, TVs, basically anything electronic bring it.”
Green Team has been hosting the e-waste event for quite some time have in the past have had great results. Jason Speegle director of Green Team said, “We have been doing it for so many years now, I think this will be our seventh year that we kind of have everything down.”
Within those seven year of hosting Green Team has not fallen short on the amount of donations. Speegle said, “We usually have a pretty steady stream of people bringing stuff down. I would say we probably get 150 to 200 people that come through every year and usually the amount that we collect is around 12000 to 15000 pounds of electronics.”
Green Team itself does not directly recycle the electronics donated, but they work alongside a facility in Wichita that provide the bins. Barnett said, “The bins that we get are from a facility that specializes in electronic recycling. It then goes to that facility and then will take it apart the proper way and dispose of the dangerous chemicals and recycle the plastic from it.”
If you are interested in donating, there are specific electronics that cannot be donated. Felicia Gwinn biology senior said, “Nothing like batteries, we don’t do batteries because that’s a different waste process.”
E-waste is a big event around the community and all Green Team members help with the event throughout the day. Gwinn said, “We mainly gear toward green team because it is our event and there is about six of us in green team so normally we can handle it.”