Many states, regional EPA offices and non-governmental organizations have already acted to remove or encourage the removal of mercury switches
More information on the National Vehicle Mercury Switch
Recovery Program is at www.epa.gov/mercury/switch.htm.
The law directs vehicle manufacturers to develop a plan on how to effectively locate, remove and dispose of the mercury switches
The Partnership for Mercury Free Vehicles, a coalition that combines representatives from the steel and recycling industries as well as those from environmental organizations, is pursuing a system to collect mercury switches
from automobiles prior to their being shredded for recycling.
GEMINI May 22nd - Jun 21st Mercury switches
back into your sign this weekend after having gone walkabout for a month.
can be found in some chest freezers, pre-1972 washing machines, sump pumps, electric space heaters, clothes irons, silent light switches, automobile hood and trunk lights and ABS brakes.
In 2003, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce saluted the family-owned business for championing the efforts behind the safe removal of highly toxic mercury switches
out of junked vehicles.
Mercury-bearing waste, thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury switches
and barometers will be accepted free.
* Environmental--Including asbestos abatement (floor tile, fire proofing), light bulbs, mercury switches
, thermostats, lamps, PCB light ballast, CFCs and Halon; and
Maine has rescued at least 16,896 mercury switches
from junked cars since the state approved the nation's first mandatory switch recycling program two years ago, according to the Natural Resources Council of Maine.
The disused factory hit the headlines in August when a group of youngsters were taken to hospital after finding toxic mercury switches
at the site.
Scores of toxic mercury switches
are missing from a disused factory where seven children had been playing.