The Environmental Cost of Monitors

Publisher Name: 
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition

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

AMP Section Name:Technology & Telecommunications
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