The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) was founded in the early 1980s in response to the discovery of contamination in the ground water near high-tech manufacturing facilities in Silicon Valley. Its mission is to promote human health and protect the environment through research, advocacy, and grassroots organizing. SVTC led the effort to bring in the U.S. EPA to identify 29 Superfund sites throughout Silicon Valley for immediate clean up. More recently, it has exposed health and environmental problems caused by e-waste all over the world and has pushed for the elimination of toxic materials in electronic equipment. SVTC, in partnership with the Basel Action Network and the Computer TakeBack Campaign, maintains a list of electronics recyclers that meet its standards.
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