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Mercury-Containing Devices and Demolition

old-fashioned round thermostat, the kind that contains mercury

Some items inside residential buildings contain mercury, which poses a persistent and toxic human health and environmental threat. These materials should be carefully salvaged for proper recycling to prevent mercury contamination.

In general, mercury-containing items should be isolated, labeled, and taken to a mercury recycler or consolidation site. Mercury should not be removed from items. Fluorescent lamps should not be crushed.