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Proper Disposal and Recycling of Mercury

Trash CanMercury 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 should not 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.

Get more information on mercury-containing products, including how to dispose of them properly:

If you have a mercury spill, see the mercury spills page. For information on broken lamps, see the Lamp Fact Sheet.