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Mercury and Recycling


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 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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