Collecting mercury to help the planet.
Numbers from the City of Barrie show that between June 2018 and March of this year, 77 mercury-contained products were collected.
The items collected contribute to the total number collected through the province-wide Mercury Roundup program this past year—785 mercury products weighing 109 kg.
The program launched as a way to encourage residents to bring items containing mercury to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHWF) at Barrie’s landfill.
In partnership with Scout Environmental, and with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Barrie was one of the first municipalities in the province to launch the Mercury Roundup program.
Although it occurs naturally, mercury is extremely dangerous. Exposure to even small amounts can cause serious health problems and can contaminate soil and water. Just one gram of mercury can contaminate an eight-hectare lake to the point where the fish are inedible for a year.
The program is set to expand to six other Ontario municipalities by 2021.
- There is no cost for Barrie residents to bring in mercury-containing products or other hazardous waste
- The HHWF is located at 272 Ferndale Drive North and is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Residents who bring a mercury-containing product to the HHWF receive a free digital thermometer
To see a full list of items that may contain mercury click here