The County of Simcoe wants your mercury.
The county is kicking off a Mercury Roundup Program designed to keep the stuff out of local landfills. Residents who bring devices containing mercury get a free digital thermometer while learning about safe mercury disposal in the process.
“The County is an environmentally conscious municipality with numerous programs aimed at educating and assisting residents to divert, sort and dispose of harmful materials the right way,” said Warden George Cornell. “We thank the Ontario Trillium Fund for their support and look forward to working with Scout Environmental to roll out this initiative at our drop-off locations.”
Devices that contain mercury include home thermostats, thermometers, and button batteries too. A complete list of accepted materials can be found here.
It exists in nature but mercury is very harmful, can cause health problems with your lungs, kidneys, skin, and eyes, and can contaminate soil and water too.
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) can only be dropped off at the following County of Simcoe waste management facilities:
- Nottawasaga – 5715 County Road 64, Stayner
- Oro – 610 Old Barrie Road West, Township of Oro-Medonte
- Tosorontio – 6815 Concession Road 4, Township of Adjala Tosorontio
- Bradford West Gwillimbury – 2960 Line 12, Bradford West Gwillimbury
- North Simcoe – 1700 Golf Link Road, Midland