US Ecology and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Project announced the collection and recycling of 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 will provide free mercury collection services to residents and business in the state of Michigan. The program will run through Sept. 30, 2015.
In 2014, 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.
For this program, upon request, US Ecology will send a free collection bucket with a shipping box to your door via common carrier. Each bucket contains easy-to-follow return instructions. Once the bucket is filled with the mercury containing device(s) it can safely be returned in the shipping box to US Ecology.
Interested parties should call or email US Ecology for a collection container at 877-960-2025 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the Mercury Collection Program can be found at http://greatlakesrestoration.us/.
Publication date: 3/23/2015