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Mercury-containing Products

Mercury-containing Products Topics

In recent years, there has been a growing focus on the need to decrease the use of mercury in household and commercial products and to prevent the mercury in existing products from entering the waste stream. Mercury is present in many products, including fluorescent lamps, button batteries, thermostats, thermometers and other medical devices, pressure gauges, switches, relays, and dental supplies. When solid waste is burned in an incinerator, the mercury that is present can be released to the atmosphere and present a hazard to human health.

Several states have passed legislation to reduce mercury in waste, relying on approaches such as banning the sale of certain mercury-added products, requiring product labeling, and implementing collection and recycling programs for some products. Numerous stewardship efforts targeting a variety of mercury-containing products have been initiated by government, industry, and non-governmental organizations. Encouraging progress has been made on a number of fronts:

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