OCRRA, Covanta team up for mercury drop-off event

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There’s a lot less hazardous mercury out there thanks to a good turnout Monday for the Drop-Off event hosted by OCRRA and partner Covanta to collect the liquid metal.

It is the fourth year in a row for the event and people could get a $10 Lowe’s git card courtesy of Covanta and a digital thermometer to replace their mercury one.

Patti Pirro took advantage of the event, “We live in an old house that you can store a lot of old things so I know that these thermometers were in the medicine cabinet so it was relatively easy to do so I found them and they made it very easy this morning.”

One thermostat contains an average of three to four grams of mercury equal to the amount of mercury in appoximately 1,000 compact fluorescent bulbs.

Thermometers contain about a gram of the liquid metal or the equivalent of what’s found in 250 bulbs.

Covanta Business Manager Kathy Carroll tells NewsChannel 9, “We want to be proactive in getting mercury out of the wastestream. 

Thermostat Recycling Corporation takes that mercury and recycles it.

If you couldn’t make it to the drop off OCRRA still wants your mercury thermometer and thermostats.

OCRRA will take these items year round Tuesday through Saturday at the Rock Cut Road Transfer Station, although you’ll only receive a $5 Lowe’s gift card courtesy of Covanta.

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