Mercury is a silver liquid used in many consumer products.
It is ILLEGAL to dispose of mercury or mercury-containing products in the trash or recycling.
While useful when contained in the products, if released into the environment and ingested, it is toxic to the nervous system, liver and kidneys. Pregnant women and young children are most vulnerable.
Most of our Member Towns provide free collection service to their residents for mercury containing products, including fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps, thermometers, thermostats, blood pressure cuffs, barometers, button batteries and other devices.
Click here for SSRC Member Town residential dropoff locations.
For a comprehensive list of MA collection locations, click here.
Small amounts (up to a tablespoon) of Elemental mercury not contained within a product should be brought to a HHW collection event in a secure container.
In case of an accidental spill or breakage, follow the instructions here.
Interesting fact: one liquid ounce (2 tablespoons) of mercury weighs nearly a pound! (specific gravity = 13.56 g/ml)
For more information, go to "Keep Mercury from Rising"
SSRC Member Town residential dropoff locations for mercury products
Items may also be brought to a HHW collection
See your Town's web page for hours and restrictions
Abington: Board of Health, 500 Gliniewicz Way
Cohassset: Recycling Transfer Facility, 91 Cedar St.
Duxbury: Transfer and Recycling Station, 145 Mayflower St.
Hanover: Transfer station, 118 Rockland st. (Rt. 139)
Hanson: Transfer station, 201 Franklin st. (Rt. 27)
Hingham: Transfer station, 1 Sam Ryder Rd.
Hull: Coming soon
Kingston: Recycling and Disposal Center, 10 Cranberry Rd.; items other than fluorescent tubes to DPW office, 32 Evergreen St.
Middleboro: Landfill, 207 Plympton St.
Norwell: Recycling Center, 310 Main St. (Rt. 123)
Plymouth: Manomet Transfer Station, Beaver Dam Rd.
-thermometers, thermostats, switches, BP cuffs only (no fluorescent lamps): DPW Solid Waste Div., 159 Camelot Dr.; Town Hall, Marine and Environmentlal Mgmt. Dept.
Rockland: Recycling Center, 1000 Beech St.
Scituate: Transfer station, 280 Driftway
Weymouth: DPW, 120 Winter St.
Whitman: Board of Health, 54 South Ave. -thermometers, thermostats, switches, BP cuffs only. Bring Fluorescent lamps to a HHW collection