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Mercury

Mercury is found in a variety of products and industries. We regulate mercury as a dangerous waste. If your business has mercury dangerous waste, you must manage it properly and protect your workers.

Managing waste containing mercury

Mercury is common in:

Learn more about mercury's toxicity, health effects, and how we regulate it.

Liquid mercury

If you have liquid (elemental) mercury:

  • Never rinse it down the drain.
  • Never dispose of it in the trash.
  • Never dispose of it in the sharps container or as medical waste.
  • Recycle all mercury.

Cleaning mercury spills

If you have a mercury spill:

  • Never clean it up with a vacuum.
  • Never clean it up with a broom.
  • Never pour it down the drain.
  • Never get it on your shoes.
  • Learn what to do if your mercury thermometer or light bulb breaks.