mercury recycling News

  • Mercury Recycling suffers drop in sales

    Lamp and mercury waste recycler Mercury Recycling is looking at expanding into battery and LCD display recycling after it experienced a 9% sales drop in 2009. Its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2009 showed that Mercury Recycling remained profitable despite sales dropping from GBP£3.074 million to GBP£2.789 million in 2009. Pre-tax profits finished at GBP£333,000 but were down ...

  • WEEE recycling firm faces mercury charges

    An electrical recycling firm charged with exposing employees to mercury will appear at Huddersfield Magistrates Court on 20 July. Electrical Waste Recycling Group, based in Kirkheaton in Huddersfield, is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive. Company director Craig Thompson is also facing charges. The firm recycles waste electrical and electronic equipment, including light tubes ...

  • MA DEP mercury regulations

    Name & Citation of Regulation(s) Collection, Recycling, Labeling and Sales Ban of Mercury-added Products; and Disposal Prohibition of Mercury-added Products in Solid Waste–310 CMR 19.00 (amended), 74.00 (amended), 75.00 (amended), 76.00 (added). Brief Explanation and Rationale for Changes Signed into law in July 2006, the “Massachusetts ...


    By Practical Applications, Inc.

  • Mercury Thermostat Collection Act

    Mercury Thermostat Collection Act New waste management requirements are going into effect this year for wall-mounted, ...


    By Connexion

  • Understanding the movement of mercury in the atmosphere

    In order to reduce mercury pollution, we need to understand its movement in the global atmosphere. A UN report summarises current information on mercury transport in the atmosphere and indicates that intensive global monitoring is needed to inform and evaluate policy. As a result of EU policy1, European emissions of mercury have dropped considerably in recent decades, decreasing by about 60 per ...

  • California Adopts New Recycling Measure for Mercury-laden Thermostats

    The state of California issued new rules today that will greatly reduce the amount of dangerous mercury sent to landfills and incinerators each year due to the improper disposal of old mercury-laden thermostats. The new rules will require thermostat manufacturers to collect and recycle the vast majority of discarded mercury thermostats in California. Over the next five years, this will keep ...

  • GM pulls out of mercury partnership

    General Motors has quit working with a partnership that collects toxic parts from scrapped automobiles, jeopardizing an effort to prevent mercury pollution just as hundreds of thousands of clunkers are headed to recyclers. Participants in the environmental program told The Associated Press the timing of GM’s departure could hurt their work. The government’s 'cash-for-clunkers' program will lead ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Questions and answers on EU Mercury Policy

    What is mercury? Mercury is familiar to many as a silver-coloured liquid which expands and contracts in a thermometer to show the temperature. It is also known as “quicksilver” or "hydrargyrum" (i.e. liquid silver) and is represented by the symbol Hg. Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at ambient room temperature. It is a chemical element and therefore indestructible. ...

  • Reducing Mercury Impacts in Small-Scale Gold Mining

    Despite knowing full well the dangers of mercury, millions of small-scale gold miners across the globe continue to use the metal to separate gold from ore- usually because they have little other choice. The dangerously toxic mercury vapour is often inhaled by the miners and their families, since these activities are usually conducted in their homes, or by the owners of gold shops who will process ...

  • WEEE firm fined for exposing workers to mercury fumes

    A Glasgow-based Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment firm and its director have been fined £145,000 for exposing workers to toxic mercury fumes at its Huddersfield recycling plant. Employees including one who was pregnant, of Electrical Waste Recycling Group, were poisoned when ventilation systems failed at its recycling plant. The firm recycles WEEE including fluorescent light tubes ...

  • Jerome Mercury Detection – Innovation Across the Globe

    Arizona Instrument’s line of Jerome® toxic gas analyzers is designed to provide accurate and reliable data in compact, rugged and easy to use packages. Our patented gold film sensor technology in particular is referenced in countless other patents dealing with mercury waste and removal, just some of which are listed below. Jerome is a trusted standard when it comes to ...


    By Arizona Instrument LLC

  • Recycling cellphones

    The Federation of Information, Communication and Organisational Technology Companies (SWICO) believes the return rate for old mobile phones is unacceptable. For PCs, the recycling rate is about 85%, but only 15% for mobile phones, according to SWICO. This means that in Switzerland about 1,000 tonnes of recyclable materials are wasted [each year]. SWICO wants recycling of cellphones to become as ...


  • Auto Mercury-Recovery Programs Up and Running in All 50 States

    (Washington, D.C. - Sept. 27, 2007) Mercury air emissions will continue to decline thanks to a voluntary national program to remove mercury-containing switches from vehicles headed for scrap. In its first year, more than 635,000 switches have already been removed from end-of-life vehicles. Collectively, those switches represent 1,400 pounds of mercury – more than the average coal-fired power ...

  • Managing mercury risks from energy-saving light bulbs

    Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use up to two-thirds less energy than standard incandescent bulbs. But CFLs contain mercury, a neurotoxin that can cause serious health problems. A global study calls for a strategic policy to address the risks associated with mercury emissions from CFLs. Exposure to high levels of mercury can permanently damage the brain, kidneys and developing foetus. ...

  • US program removes one million mercury switches from scrap cars

    A US program that has cut more than one ton of mercury has reached a major milestone: 1 million switches have been removed from scrapped vehicles. The millionth mercury switch was removed through the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program, a collaboration among the US Environemtnal Protection Agency, automobile manufacturers, steel makers, scrap recyclers, automotive recyclers, states ...

  • WRAP pioneers technique to remove mercury from FPD shred

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme is pioneering a technique to recover mercury from LCD flat panel display shred, which can potentially be used for bulk scale commercial recycling. WRAP, currently inviting companies to tender to demonstrate the process that separates high-quality materials from size reduced LCD displays until 1 February, 2010, say in ...

  • UNEP and Brazil Launch Research Project to Manage Mercury Risks

    Brazil's Ministry of Environment (MoE) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched a new research project to help manage environmental health risks from mercury. The project, Development of Minamata Convention on Mercury - Initial Assessment in Brazil, aims to facilitate the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention by providing key stakeholders in ...

  • GM bacteria may mop up mercury more efficiently

    Using genetically modified (GM) bacteria may be a cheaper and easier way to clean up waterways contaminated with one of the most toxic heavy metals, mercury, according to a study. Mercury emissions are rising globally, largely from coal-fired power stations, waste incinerators, and the mining of gold and silver in ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Remarks by Achim steiner at the ceremonial opening of the diplomatic conference for the Minamata Convention on Mercury

    Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great honour to be here with you today in the inspirational city of Minamata - our gracious hosts have given us a unique insight into a unique place. With the courteousness for which the Japanese people are famed we have been able to benefit from this pause in our work in Kumamoto and absorb the culture, tradition and history of a very special ...

  • Ion Science`s mercury vapour detector eliminates instrument downtime

    Ion Science has recently introduced a double beam UVabsorption mercury detection unit known as the MercuryVapour Indicator (MVI). The revolutionary dual beamtechnology means the instrument does not saturate orrequire regeneration between readings like the traditionalgold film detection methods, eliminating instrumentdowntime. Fast and accurate, MVI gives a real time response withinjust 3 seconds. ...


    By Ion Science

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