Electronics manufacturing accounts for 3% of U.S. plastics sales, or 1 million tons per year
25% of a typical computer workstation is made out of plastic
26% of plastics resins sold to electronics manufacturers is polyvinyl chloride
19% is low density polyethylene
15% is polystyrene
electronics plastic scrap amounts to 580 tons each year
The electronics industry uses tetrabromobisophenol-A (TBBA) to produce fire-resistant personal computer housing. Methyl bromide, a pesticide classified as a category I acute toxin and a potent ozone depleter, is a byproduct of TBBA.
Source: Microelectronics Computer Consortium. The Bromide Barons, Political Ecology Group and Transnational Resource & Action Center, forthcoming March 1997.
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Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
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San Jose, CA 95112
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