Mercury, which can be found in many common products, is a naturally occurring element that can be toxic to humans and wildlife. When products containing mercury are broken or thrown in the trash, outdoors, or down drains, the mercury can pollute our environment and contaminate many kinds of fish. You and your family can be exposed to mercury by breathing its fumes, eating mercury-contaminated fish or touching spilled mercury. Learn about mercury-containing products, as well as how you can both protect the environment and reduce your exposure to mercury.
- Mercury is Toxic
Summary of the toxic dangers of mercury exposure.
- Mercury Health Effects
Summary of adverse health effects from mercury exposure.
- Mercury in the Environment
Information on mercury contamination and fish consumption.
- Mercury in the Home
Lists home products that contain mercury.
- Fact Sheets on Mercury Use in Specific Products
Developed by the Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA).
- Mercury: An Educator's Toolkit
Information, activities and videos for students and teachers from the U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA).
Manage & Recycle Mercury Safely
- Keep Mercury From Rising
Learn about the simple steps you and your family can take to reduce mercury pollution. Information provided by the Integrated Waste Management Association.
- Find Mercury Product Recycling Drop-Off Locations
Use an interactive map to search for locations near you that accept fluorescent light bulbs and other items containing mercury.
- Mercury-Added Product Collection Programs
Table of companies that have filed Mercury-Added Product Collection and Recycling Plans with MassDEP as required under The Mercury Management Act regulations 310 CMR 75.04(6).
- Mercury Recycling Companies Serving Massachusetts
Alphabetical listing of Mercury Recycling vendors on state contract FAC53, December 2010.
- Fluorescent & Mercury-Added Light Bulbs
Guidance for homeowners & businesses, including proper management, broken bulb cleanup and recycling drop-off locations.
- Mercury Devices & Liquid Mercury
Hazards, spill handling and management options for mercury devices and liquid mercury.
- Cleaning Up Elemental Mercury Spills
This set of procedures is suggested as a guide to be used if elemental (liquid) mercury is spilled on a hard surface (e.g., concrete, vinyl or ceramic tiled floors).
- Before You Tear it Down, Get the Mercury Out
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended management practices for pre-demolition removal of mercury-containing devices from residential buildings
- Recovering Mercury Devices from Appliances file size 3MB
file size 8MBPresentation developed for MassDEP with support from Alternative Recycling Resources Inc. & Interstate Refrigerant Recovery Inc.
- Dental Amalgam/Mercury Recycling Program
Massachusetts dental practices and clinics that place or remove amalgam fittings are required to certify annually that they have, operate and maintain amalgam separator systems to remove mercury from their wastewater discharges.
- Material Separation Plans (MSPs)
These plans describe public education, collection programs and other efforts by municipal waste combustor operators to prevent discarded mercury-containing items from entering their facilities.