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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 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
Houston County Extension Office
Lawrence County Extension Office
Mobile County Extension Office
Montgomery County Extension Office
*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.