If you had to dispose of a mercury thermostat or other device containing mercury, did you have to contact your local government or a private entity?

Local government
22%
Private entity
29%
Neither
48%

Comments

Thu, Dec 3, 2009

For a business it would be considered a universal waste. For residential, take it to a recycling or waste reduction facility. Many bigger cities have hazardous drop off sites.

Thu, Dec 3, 2009 Fred

Everyone knows mercury is toxic to humans. Don't play with liquid mercury. Don't call a poison control line with a false emergency to find out.

Wed, Dec 2, 2009

Elemental Mercury is not a problem. Just call any Poison Control Hot Line and tell them that your child has broken a mercury thermometer in their mouth. They will tell you that the elemental mercury will not harm them and it will pass in a couple of days! It is Mercury Vapors and the Oxides of Mercury that are dangerous! I have played with liquid mercury at room temperature all my life.

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