Recycling Mercury-Containing Equipment
Mercury-containing equipment is a device or part of a device (including thermostats, but excluding batteries and lamps) that contains elemental mercury integral to its function. Thermometers, barometers, manometers, and some of the older style blood pressure instruments are devices that contain elemental mercury. Mercury-containing equipment that is classified as hazardous waste can be collected under the streamlined collection standards for universal waste. These universal waste standards were created in an attempt to make it easier to collect the mercury-containing equipment and send them for recycling (or proper treatment and disposal). Properly and responsibly recycling this equipment is very important.