Pollution Prevention

Mercury Awareness and Reduction

Mercury is a naturally occurring toxic metal that may be found in household and industrial products such as

  • Batteries (button-cell)
  • Thermometers
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Detergents and Cleaners
  • Dyes and Pigments
  • Sump Pumps

While products containing mercury are becoming less common, it is important to be aware that some of the products may still be in use within your home or workplace. 

With the aid of residents and industries within our communities we can promote the health of our families, neighbors and the environment. 

To learn more about mercury sources, health effects, and best management practices please refer to the links below and thank you for your efforts in reducing mercury waste. 

More Information on Mercury

Small Mercury Spills

If a small spill occurs (such as a broken thermometer), please follow the guidelines on the MN Pollution Control Agency website. 

Large Mercury Spills

If a large spill occurs (more than the amount in a thermometer), please follow the EPA guidelines.

Hazardous Waste Disposal 

Hazardous Waste Disposal Location

  • Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Tri-County Hazardous Waste accepts solvents, pool chemicals, stains, paints, adhesives, aerosols, garden chemicals and mercury. They also provide a product exchange program. 

Disposing of Household Hazardous Wastes by County

Potential Hazardous Products in Your Home

Many products in your home require special disposal

  • Batteries
  • Chemical Solvents
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Motor Oil
  • Paint and Paint Thinner
  • Pesticides

Check the US-EPA's website for a more complete list.