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Mercury-containing device

It is illegal to dispose of this item in the trash in Chittenden County, VT.

Disposal options

  •  Mercury-containing items should NOT be discarded as trash. These items are accepted at all Drop-Off Centers except the Burlington location, at the Rover (Chittenden County residents only), and the Environmental Depot by appointment only (Chittenden County residents and businesses only):
    • Fluorescent & Other Mercury-Added Lamps
    • Thermostats
    • Thermometers
    • Pressure and Other Mercury-Containing Gauges (barometers, hydrometers, hygrometers, vacuum gauges, etc.)
    • Mercury-Added Switches (used in products such as appliances, vehicles, sump and bilge pumps)
    • Mercury Flame Sensors or Temperature Probes (used in products such as gas appliances and ovens)
  • Businesses with other mercury-containing devices should call the Environmental Depot at 802-865-4663 to schedule an appointment. Some fees may apply for certain items.


Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Drop-Off Centers can only accept items that meet the following specifications:
    – device must be fully intact (not broken or cracked)
    – mercury must be securely contained within the device and the device must be non-spillable (i.e. not open at the top)
    – device must be able to fit within a 5-gal pail
    – the device should be put in a plastic bag (ideally prior to drop off).
    If your device does not meet these specs, please make an appointment at the Environmental Depot
  • Limits apply to certain materials. Click on the link for information about specific item requirements.