LANSING, Mich. — US Ecology, formerly EQ: The Environmental Quality Co. (EQ), and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Project would like to thank residents and businesses of Michigan for recycling 665 pounds of mercury in 2014. This was a 210 percent increase over 2013.

With the success of the program, the two organizations have joined forces again to continue the free collection program in 2015.

“We are thrilled to be part of this program,” said Judie Napier, manager of the program at US Ecology, “We had such a great turnout last year, and we hope to double our intake this year.”

The Great Lakes Mercury Collection Program is providing free mercury collection services to residents and business in the state of Michigan. The free program will run through Sept. 30, 2015. This is an ongoing effort to collect and properly recycle mercury. US Ecology will ensure proper recycling methods that aim to reduce the amount of mercury entering the environment.

In 2014, US Ecology worked with The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration and set up a designated phone number and email address for all requests received for this program. During this period, US Ecology received double the requests from 2013 to include 386 bucket requests. The program recycled 347 hydrometers, 25 barometers, 1,318 industrial switches and fuses, 594 thermostats, 584 relay switches/gauges, 13 medical devices, two manometers, 134 lab thermometers, and 462 thermometers.

Publication date: 3/23/2015

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