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Proper Disposal and Recycling of Mercury

It is critical that mercury be properly disposed of to ensure protection to humans, wildlife and the environment. Local health department offices in Utah may have containers available to collect mercury containing products from residents. To determine which region you are in check the Local Health Departments and District Engineers page. Please call them first to make sure they offer collection and disposal.

For general information on disposal options please visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s website for Storing, Transporting and Disposing of Mercury in Your Home.

Do not put products containing mercury in the trash

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 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.

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