Proper Disposal of Mercury-Containing Products
Mercury is a nerve
toxin and is considered a hazardous waste. When products containing mercury are placed in the trash, the mercury doesn't disappear, it
finds its way into the environment. That's why mercury-containing products cannot be disposed of with regular trash or poured down the drain. Mercury products and compounds must be recycled or managed as a hazardous
waste. Households have a low to no-cost method to properly handle mercury products at the end of their useful life. Towns and solid waste
districts hold hazardous waste collection events every year. Households and small businesses can contact their local
municipality or solid waste district for more information and collection event scheduling.
Follow the links below for more information on each of the mercury-containing products listed including how to dispose of them properly.
If you have a mercury spill, see the mercury
spill guidance for small mercury spills developed in coordination
with the Vermont Department of Health. For information on broken
compact fluorescent light bulbs, see the Fact
Sheet developed in coordination with the Vermont Department
of Health and Efficiency Vermont. For large mercury spills, contact
the (24 hour) Spills Hotline at (800) 641-5005.