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Mercury is found in common household items such as:
  • Fever and cooking thermometers
  • Thermostats
  • Fluorescent light bubs
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Steam irons with automatic shut-off
  • Neon lamps
  • “Silent” wall switches
  • High pressure sodium and metal-halide lamps
  • Some skin-lightening creams 


Hazardous Waste  Bring intact mercury-containing items to The Recycling Zone. It is illegal to place mercury-containing products in the garbage.

If mercury is spilled in your home, do not vacuum it up. Call the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at 651-649-5451 or go to their Web site for guidelines for proper mercury spill cleanup. Or, you can visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency web page on mercury spills

Information on this page applies to households ONLY. Different rules may apply to businesses in Dakota County.

Last updated: 3/4/2014 5:49 AM