- To deepen our theological understanding and spiritual relationship toward creation and stewardship of our environment.
- To provide education about current environmental issues including recycling and more responsible use of our limited natural resources.
- To promote initiatives within our congregation and local community toward providing a healthy, responsible and sustainable future.
|Access these links to learn more about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) advocacy programs and views about current environmental issues:
Bulletin Board / Calendar of Events
Green Team Annual Events:
“Free Market” – usually held in the Fall.
Earth Day Celebration – held on a Sunday in mid April, this fun event includes activities for kids, a plant exchange, opportunities to learn about and make “green” cleaning products, interesting nature facts, and delicious snacks!
Ongoing: wireless device recycling at St. Paul’s. Drop off any of these items in the green box located under the Green Team announcements board in the Narthex:
- All cell phones, smart phones, PDA’s, iPods, digital cameras, and iPads regardless of age or condition
- Rechargeable cell phone batteries
- All accessories including: bluetooth, air cards, clips and cases
- Paper manuals and plastic packaging
St. Paul’s Goes GREENER! – The Green Team is no longer collecting and sorting recyclable plastic, cans, and glass, and transporting these materials to local salvage and recycling facilities. Thanks to the efforts of Lee Shoemaker, longtime Green Team member, we now have a more efficient, environmentally-friendly, and cost-effective way to collect and dispose of our recyclables and trash.
This summer St. Paul’s hired Sustainable Waste Solutions (SWS), a local, family-owned and operated, landfill-free waste handling company. EVERYTHING SWS picks up from its customers is reused, recycled, or turned into clean, renewable energy. Their trucks never enter a landfill!
St. Paul’s now has two clearly marked SWS containers in the rear of the church parking lot. The container on the RIGHT is for TRASH AND GARBAGE, which SWS will take directly to a waste-to-energy plant in Conshohocken. This state-of-the-art facility converts 1,200 tons of waste per day into enough energy for about 40,000 homes!
The SWS container on the LEFT is for RECYCLABLES (for example, plastic containers, aluminum and tin cans, glass bottles and jars, office paper, newspapers, magazines, and cardboard). Everything in this container will be taken directly to a single-stream recycling station in Montgomeryville.
Miscellaneous paper and cardboard may also be placed in the Abitibi container located next to the SWS bins. Do not put trash or garbage in the Abitibi paper recycling or SWS recyclables containers.
To make sure the trash and recyclables inside our building are kept separate and disposed of in the appropriate SWS containers outside, the Green Team is purchasing individual, clearly marked bins for trash and recyclables. These bins will be placed in convenient locations throughout the building. We ask your cooperation in using them appropriately.
Since its formation in 2004, St. Paul’s Green Team has focused on Caring for Creation. Every earth-friendly action we take helps to preserve and protect our precious natural resources. By choosing a landfill-free waste handling company, St. Paul’s has once again demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship.
Recycling at the Pottstown Recycling Center
Recycling at the Bethlehem Recycling Center
|COMMUNITY HAZARDOUS WASTE RECYCLING EVENTS|
Montgomery County – This is the main website to find recycling information for Montgomery County. You can access recycling programsand schedules on this site. Note that there are separate events for hazardous waste and electronics. These items are not being collected together.
Bucks County – Details and schedules for hazardous waste & electronics recycling events.
|MEDICATION RECYCLING – Souderton & Telford Borough Police Departments|
Drop off old, expired, or no longer needed prescription drugs to the Souderton Police Department Headquarters Building located at 31 West Summit St. in the borough or at the Telford Police Headquarters on Penn Ave. in the borough. Disposal is free. Place drugs in a drop off box located at the rear of the Souderton building or inside the Telford building. Collection is ongoing
|APPLIANCE RECYCLING – Refrigerant Recovery & Equipment Recycling Co.
Free removal and recycling of appliances and equipment containing refrigerant. This includes refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers. EPA certified and licensed. Contact David York of Telford @ 215-723-8219 / cell 267-205-6079.
Green Team Meetings
Our ministry meets on the first Sunday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, corner of S. Main St. and Lincoln Ave. in Telford (next to the Wells Fargo Bank). All meetings are open to visitors. Attend to learn more about recycling or discuss any environmentally related topic.
Leave a message with the secretary in the church office