Locals rewarded at mercury take-back event

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There’s a lot less hazardous mercury out there thanks to a good turnout today for the takeback event hosted by OCRRA and Covanta to collect the liquid metal.

More than 200 people cashed in on the chance to safely dispose of mercury in their homes.

The takeback event at Rock Cut Road Transfer Station aimed to make it as easy as possible to properly get rid of mercury containing thermometers and thermostats. The event was set up so people could drive through and drop off their items. 

This is the fourth year in a row that OCRRA and Covanta have put on the event.

“We want to be proactive in getting mercury out of the wastestream,” said Covanta business manager Kathy Carroll.

One thermostat contains an average of three to four grams of mercury, which is equal to the amount of mercury in approximately 1,000 compact fluorescent bulbs. Thermometers have about a gram of mercury, which is roughly 250 bulbs.

Those who donated got a $10 Lowe’s gift card.

More than 300 thermometers were collected, and just over 100 thermostats, which is equivalent to the amount of mercury in 300,000 compact fluorescent lightbulbs.

If you couldn’t make it to the drop off, OCRRA still wants your mercury thermometer and thermostats. They take them year-round Tuesday through Saturday at Rock Cut Road Transfer Station.

Those who drop off their mercury products year-round will get a $5 Lowe’s gift card.
 

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