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Mercury and Recycling
         

Thermometers

Many fever, basal, lab, and candy/deep fry thermometers contain mercury. Unwanted thermometers that contain mercury should not be thrown away. Instead, store any unwanted thermometers in a safe place until a collection program is offered in your area. Some communities offer ongoing collection programs for hazardous household materials while other local programs may hold single-day collection events. For more information, contact your local recycling coordinator or solid waste director. To identify your local recycling program contact, visit www.scdhec.gov/environment/lwm/recycle/counties.htm or call the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling at 1-800-768-7348.
 
In some cases, your physician's office, local hospital or other healthcare facility may collect unwanted mercury thermometers for proper management or offer thermometer exchange programs.
         

 



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