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How to safely dispose of mercury thermometers

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 Mercury thermometers


Safely dispose thermometers for free at a household hazardous waste drop-off location:

Special instructions

  • Put thermometer in a non-breakable sealed container (e.g. plastic bleach bottle).
  • Clearly label the bottle "thermometer or mercury".
  • Call 911 if a thermometer, thermostat or wall-mounted blood pressure cuff is broken and mercury is released.

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Mercury thermometers


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