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.
Follow the links below for more information on each of the mercury-containing products listed including how to dispose of them properly.