Mercury is an element that can be harmful to human health and the environment if not disposed of properly.
Mercury won't harm you or the environment as long as it stays inside the product and is handled properly when you are finished with it.
Mercury can be found in a variety of household products like thermometers, thermostats, and fluorescent lamps.
Please handle mercury containing products properly:
1. Never throw glass thermometers, old thermostats, or flourescent lamps in the trash.
2. Store mercury-containing products in a safe place, such as an unbreakable plastic container, away from children and pets.
3. Dispose of these products safely.
Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program
Mercury thermometers can be exchanged for a mercury-free digital thermometer at all three transfer stations, in the Environmental Management Office at Town Hall, as well as at the semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Days at the DPW Building at 159 Camelot Drive. Digital thermometers are provided courtesy of Covanta of SEMASS.
Mercury Thermostat Exchange Program
Mercury thermostats can be exchanged for a mercury-free, digital, programmable thermostat. Thermostats are available through the Environmental Management Division only. Please contact Kerin McCall at email@example.com or 508-747-1620 x201 to make arrangements. New thermostats are provided courtesy of Covanta of SEMASS.
All flourescent lamps contain mercury. Even the energy efficient compact flourescent lamps (CFLs) contain an very small amount of mercury. Please bring all types of flourescent lamps to the Manomet Transfer Station. Flourescent lamps should be given to the attendants for proper storage.
Other Mercury Containing Products
Other products, such as barometers, blood pressure units, flow meters, cooking thermometers, mercury switches, and button cell batteries may contain mercury. These devices may be brought to the Manomet Transfer Station and given to the attendants there for proper storage.