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E-Waste: A Growing Concern in Waste Management

Understand the alarming growth of electronic waste and its massive impact on the waste stream, explore innovative approaches used by communities to combat this crisis, and discover the far-reaching consequences of mishandling electronic waste.

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Course Info

  • Duration 10 video lessons (51 Mins)
  • Published Published
  • 4.33
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    What is E-Waste?
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    The Importance of E-Waste
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    Classification of E-Waste
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    Challenges with E-Waste in Municipal Solid Waste Management
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    E-Waste Challenges with Recycling and Circularity
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    E-Waste Challenges on Labor Markets
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    U.S. E-Waste Programs
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    International Approaches to E-Waste
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    Resources and References
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What You Will Learn

  • Understand the critical need to address electronic waste.
  • Familiarize participants with the challenges of e-waste circularity and recycling approaches.
  • Learn about domestic and international approaches to e-waste management including cost burdens of its management.
  • Clarify often unexplored impacts on labor markets and e-waste recycling workers.
  • Broaden the participant’s understanding of e-waste and the dire consequences of inadequately addressing its challenges.

Course Description

Did you know that nearly 90% of e-waste isn't recycled, but rather ends up in landfills? This is a huge missed opportunity that can have catastrophic effects on the environment and public health. In many communities, the exponential growth of e-waste is having an extensive impact on the waste stream. This course will introduce the implications of poorly managed e-waste and explore approaches by communities to tackling e-waste. Students will examine key considerations and challenges with circularity and the recycling of e-waste and gain a better understanding of the urgent need to tackle e-waste through the lens of sustainability.

Learn these skills

  • Economics
  • Environmental Planning
  • Land Use
  • Sustainability


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.

Meet Your Instructor

Seema Thomas

Seema Thomas

Seema is an urban development professional focused on developing and expanding innovative and inclusive initiatives to support communities from the neighborhood to the metropolitan scale.

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