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Mayor Announces Mercury Collection Program

Monday May 15, 2006

Free Digital Thermometers to Replace Mercury Ones

    LOUISVILLE (May 12, 2006) – Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced details of a mercury collection and disposal program to help residents, schools, etc minimize exposure to this toxic chemical. The free drop-off day for Louisville Metro is Saturday, May 20. 
    Items containing mercury may be brought to the Louisville Metro Household Hazardous Materials (HAZBIN) site located at 7501 Grade Lane between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The most common residential use of mercury is found in thermometers.
    Small businesses, clinics, medical offices, veterinarians, hospitals, elementary, high and middle schools, private daycares, as well as universities, technical & community colleges may bring mercury for proper disposal.
    “I am pleased to offer this important safety program.” said Abramson. “Proper disposal of used mercury-containing items is important to protect the health and environment of our hometown.”
Mercury vapors are released if containers are improperly disposed of and become broken. Exposure to mercury through breathing or ingestion can cause health problems, especially in children. Residents who bring in thermometers containing mercury can exchange them for a free digital thermometer while supplies last. Other household items containing mercury include button cell batteries and electrical switches.
    The mercury collection and disposal day is a partnership between Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management, the Kentucky Division of Waste Management and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
    For more information about the program visit or dial MetroCall 311.  


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