Mercury

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.  One liquid ounce (2 tablespoons) of mercury weighs nearly a pound! (specific gravity = 13.56 g/ml)  

Mercury Products Collected

Most of our Member Towns provide free collection service to their residents for mercury containing products (not loose mercury)

  • Fluorescent and Compact Fluorescent Lamps
  • Thermometers
  • Thermostats
  • Button Batteries and other devices
  • Barometers
  • Blood Pressure Cuffs

Member Town Mercury Collection Locations

  • 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.
  • DPW office, 32 Evergreen St. (Items other than fluorescent tubes)
  • Middleboro:  Landfill, 207 Plympton St.
  • Norwell: Recycling Center, 310 Main St. (Rt. 123)
  • Pembroke:  Whittaker Recycling Center, 158B Hobomock St.  (Saturdays only)
  • Plymouth: Manomet Transfer Station, Beaver Dam Rd.
  • DPW Solid Waste Div., 159 Camelot Dr. – Town Hall, Marine and Environmental Mgmt. Dept.  (Thermometers, thermostats, switches, BP cuffs only – no fluorescent lamps)
  • 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)

More Information about Mercury Collections

Mercury containing products and small amounts (up to a tablespoon) of Elemental mercury not contained within a product may be brought to a HHW collection event

SEMASS covers the cost of in-home pickup for larger quantities (more than a tablespoon) of elemental mercury in many of our towns through a program with MassDEP

Contact  CRS at 1-866-277-9797 x705  to request a FREE pickup.

In case of an accidental spill or breakage, follow instructions HERE
For more information, go to “Keep Mercury from Rising

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