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Devices Containing Mercury

 Devices Containing MercuryAll mercury-containing devices are considered hazardous waste in California when they are discarded, and it is illegal for anyone to dispose of hazardous waste in the trash. Mercury contaminates our air, waterways, lakes, and ocean, a result in part from improperly discarded mercury-containing devices, and industrial activities. Mercury-containing devices include mercury fever thermometers and other devices that contain liquid mercury, such as older thermostats, pressure and vacuum gauges, counterweights, mercury switches (e.g., some motor vehicle light switches), and novelties with added mercury (e.g., some singing greeting cards and flashing athletic shoes). All mercury-containing products in your home or business must be disposed as hazardous waste when you are ready to discard them.

For information on fluorescent bulb disposal click here.

Glass tube thermometers, with a red, blue, silver, or other colored stripe in the middle to indicate temperature generally contain either mercury or alcohol. If you do not know which substance is in a thermometer, do not break it open to find out. Treat it as though it contains mercury.

Some other items that might also contain mercury include jewelry, games, maze toys, and toys that light up or make noise. To determine which of these items contain mercury, call the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s hotline at (800) 638-2772.

There is NO COST for San Joaquin County residents to drop off these materials at the San Joaquin County's Household Hazardous Waste Facility for proper disposal.

PLEASE DO NOT PLACE THESE ITEMS IN THE GARBAGE!



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Stockton:

San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste Facility

7850 R.A. Bridgeford Street 
Stockton, CA 95206
(209) 468-3066
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Devices Containing Mercury Disposal Limits


San Joaquin County residents can take a limited number of mercury devices to the San Joaquin County Solid Waste Facilities for proper disposal.  For more information on material quantities accepted at solid waste facilities please contact the Solid Waste Division at (209) 468-3066.





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