Environmental depot wants your mercury

Barrie residents are being encouraged to bring items containing mercury to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot (HHWD).
The program is designed to divert a potent toxic chemical, liquid mercury, from the waste stream. In partnership with Scout Environmental, and with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Barrie has become one of the first municipalities to launch the Mercury Roundup program that will expand to six other Ontario municipalities by 2021.
“There are many older mercury-containing products still lingering in people’s basements, garages, and storage units – items like thermometers, thermostats, and blood pressure monitors,” Sandra Brunet, Manager of Environmental Operations, is quoted saying.
“We want to make sure these products don’t get thrown into the garbage accidentally, where they pose a risk to the environment.”
Although it occurs naturally, mercury is extremely dangerous. Exposure to even small amounts can cause serious health problems. It can also contaminate soil and water and cause catastrophic damage to our natural ecosystems. Proper handling and disposal are critical.
“Our priority for Mercury Roundup is to inform Barrie residents about the various types of older products containing mercury and to bring them in for safe disposal. As an added incentive, the first 600 residents to bring in a mercury-containing product to the HHWD will also receive a digital thermometer, free of charge.”
The program comes with no cost to Barrie residents; the depot is located at at 272 Ferndale Drive North and is open regularly on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s also open on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. between May 2, 2018 and Oct. 3, 2018.
Visit www.MercuryRoundup.ca/Barrie to see a full list of items that may contain mercury and which you may still have in your home.


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