Mer­cury ther­mostats can be re­cy­cled

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Bay Views -

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Mer­cury ther­mostats can now be re­cy­cled at the Cen­tre­ville Trans­fer Sta­tion be­cause of a part­ner­ship with the Mid­shore Re­gional Re­cy­cling Pro­gram and Ther­mo­stat Re­cy­cling Cor­po­ra­tion.

As many home­own­ers are switch­ing to smart ther­mostats, it is im­por­tant to pro­vide home­own­ers an av­enue to safely dis­pose of the older mer­cury-based mod­els which can be toxic if you throw your ther­mo­stat in the garbage and the vial con­tain­ing mer­cury breaks and leaks.

If re­cov­ered prop­erly, mer­cury causes no en­vi­ron­men­tal harm and can be re­cy­cled. Mer­cury is a po­tent neu­ro­toxin, and if it’s not han­dled right, pol­lutes our air and wa­ter­ways.

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