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Education for all. Learn how to safely dispose of electronic waste (e-waste) to keep our planet healthy. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Let’s Erase Electronic Waste

What is EMEP?

  • EMEP is the acronym for E-waste Management Education Program.
  • EMEP teaches about the hazards of electronic waste (e-waste), the importance of recycling, and the benefits of being good stewards of the environment.
  • EMEP works to increase awareness and help individuals adopt safe e-waste management practices.

What does EMEP offer?

  • EMEP offers classes, seminars, workshops, and exhibits at learning levels that meet the needs of K–12th-grade youth as well as adults.
  • EMEP partners with local organizations to hold free e-cycling drives and e-waste campaigns for the general public.
  • EMEP can adjust its program to meet the needs of your class, business, community group or event.

E-waste

E-waste is defined as discarded electrical or electronic devices which are destined for refurbishment, reuse, resale, salvage recycling through material recovery, or disposal (Wikipedia, 2019). Americans throw out over 9 million tons of e-waste every year. 

Common E-waste Products

  • Computers and laptops
  • Telephones and cell phones
  • Printers and printer cartridges
  • Televisions and radios
  • Household appliances

Harmful Substances Found in Electronics

  • Mercury affects the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves)
  • Arsenic causes lung cancer and damages the nervous system
  • Cadmium harms the liver and impairs fetal growth
  • Lead harms the brain, kidneys and nervous system
  • Chromium irritates the nose, throat, lungs, skin, and eyes

Benefits of Recycling E-waste

  • Saves energy
  • Generates revenue
  • Recovers precious metals
  • Reduces carbon footprints
  • Conserves natural resources
  • Reduces environmental pollution
  • Protects human and animal health
  • Cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions

Contact a EMEP representative*

State Office – Alabama A&M University
Karnita Garner

Houston County Extension Office
Phillip Carter

Lawrence County Extension Office
Allyson Shabel

Mobile County Extension Office
Jack LeCroy

Montgomery County Extension Office
Roosevelt Robinson

*Alabama Extension serves all 67 Alabama counties. If your county isn’t listed, contact the nearest county listed or the State Office at the top of the list.

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