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The Environmental Cost of Monitors

Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
February 10th, 1997

MonitorThe cathode ray tubes of monitors have four major components: glass panel (faceplate), shadow mask (aperture), electron gun (mount) and gas funnel. Along with producing electromagnetic fields, they produce the following pollutants.




CloudAir Pollutants

  • solvent vapors
  • vapors from lacquer area




LakeWaste Stream Pollutants

  • solvents
  • electron shield degrease
  • metals
  • photoresists
  • deionized water
  • acids
  • oxidizers
  • carbon slurry
  • surfactants
  • chromate
  • phosphor solutions
  • chelating agents
  • caustics
  • alcohol
  • ammonia
  • aluminum

Other Wastes

  • glass (lead)
  • lacquer wastes
  • contaminated clothing
  • instruments
Alternatives: Principles for a Just and Sustainable Industry

Source: EPA, 1995

For more information, contact:
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
760 N. First Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 287-6707
Fax: (408) 287-6771
Email: svtc@svtc.org