OCRRA and Covanta hosting mercury collection event

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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Covanta and OCRRA will be hosting a free mercury thermometer and thermostat collection event on Saturday.

From 8 to 11 a.m., the old thermometers and thermostats can be dropped off at Environmental Products and Services, located at 532 State Fair Boulevard in Syracuse. Covanta is offering a $10 Lowe’s gift card as an incentive.

“Safely get rid of old mercury-containing thermometers and thermostats at this drop-off event,” said Dereth Glance, OCRRA executive director. “Mercury harms people and wildlife and needs to be properly disposed. Do your part for the environment and human health by removing toxic mercury from your home.”

Mercury containing thermometers have silver, grey or black filling in their tubes. Thermometers with any other color filling do not contain mercury and should be thrown out. Mercury containing thermostats have levers or dials that must be physically moved to change temperature, as well as glass tubes filled with a silver substance behind the faceplate. Newer programmable thermostats do not contain mercury and can be discarded normally.

Covanta will provide replacement digital thermometers for each mercury thermometer brought in, and $10 gift cards for each resident that brings mercury thermostats or thermometers to the event. Only one gift card per resident drop-off will be offered, regardless of the number of mercury items turned in at the event. A gift card is not issued for non-mercury containing items.

To help attendees move quickly through the event, those dropping off mercury thermometers or thermostats must complete a short form beforehand and place it on their dash the day of the event. The form can be downloaded at www.OCRRA.org.

No other mercury-containing items, broken / leaking thermometers or thermostats, nor other hazardous materials will be accepted at the event. To make a no-cost household toxics disposal appointment to get rid of those items safely, visit www.tinyurl.com/OCRRAtoxics for details.

Check out these two short videos for details on what is acceptable and how to prepare for the event:www.tinyurl.com/Therms2019.


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