Properly disposing of electronics protects our health, the health of sanitation workers, as well as our planet's health? Take an old computer monitor, for example. On average, just one monitor contains 4 pounds of toxic materials, such as lead, mercury and cadmium. In the past, these materials might have gone to landfills or have been disassembled and burned, posing potential health and environmental threats. Electronic waste is not only one of the fasting growing commodities in the waste stream, but it is also comes with some of the most challenges because of these toxic materials. According to the 2011 Electronics Recycling Industry Survey, more than 3.5 million tons of used electronics were collected and processed in the U.S. in 2010, a 1.7 million ton increase from 2009.
A partial listing of the numerous KCTCS sustainability-related programming, workforce education and training initiatives is listed below. Specific details about KCTCS programs and courses are available on the Programs and Catalog page of the KCTCS Students website. Information about KCTCS workforce education and training is available under Workforce Solutions. The System Initiatives site provides information about the Interactive Digital Center. The major headings and subheadings below link to programming, training, or initiative information.