Frequent Questions

How do I dispose of mercury properly?

Proper disposal of used mercury-containing items is important to protect health and the environment. If you improperly dispose of containers with mercury in them, they may break and release mercury vapors which are harmful to human health and the environment. You can find out about ways to safely dispose of mercury-containing products by visiting our Spills, Disposal and Site Cleanup page. Our "Tables of Consumer and Commercial Products That May Contain Mercury" page describes how the mercury is used in a host of products, from airflow/fan limit controls, to jewelry, to shoes, to tilt switches. The tables also include recommended management practices for disposing of these products.


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