Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) is a U.S.-based non-profit organization engaged in research, advocacy and grassroots organizing to promote human health and environmental justice in response to the rapid growth of the high-tech industry.
SVTC was founded in 1982 as a response to the discovery of groundwater contamination caused by leaking underground chemical storage tanks belonging to the high-tech industry. Since then, SVTC has worked to reduce the burden that the electronics and high-tech industries place on workers, communities, and our environment.
We envision a toxic-free future in which each new generation of technical improvements in electronic products includes parallel and proportional advances in social and environmental justice. Our goal is environmental sustainability and clean production for the high-tech industry and improved health and democratic decision-making for communities and workers most affected by the high-tech revolution.
SVTC’s work has expanded beyond the impact of manufacturing to address problems caused by high-tech products as they reach the end of their lifecycles. For almost a decade, SVTC has been a leader in the movement to combat e-waste through manufacturer responsibility, also known as “extended producer responsibility” (EPR).
Despite the many changes in the high-tech sector throughout SVTC’s history, our overall goals continue to be environmental sustainability and clean production for the high-tech and clean-tech industries, and improved health and safety for communities and workers.
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