Recycling mercurial thermometer
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Does anyone know where I can recycle some mercurial thermometers
in the Berkeley area? Better yet, is there a program that will
trade your thermometer for an environmentally friendly one?
I'm so glad you asked!! You just need to find your local
Household Haz Waste (HHW) facility -- http://www.earth911.org
is a great resource to find an HHW anywhere in the country.
Just type in your zip code on the top left corner and then
choose ''household hazardous waste''. The site can be slow
sometimes, so you hafta be patient.
This is what pulled up for 94712 in Berkeley:
''Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program [Municipal]
This service is available to residents of ALAMEDA County.
SAN LEANDRO, CA
Phone: (800) 606-6606
Days/Hours: Please call for hours of operation.
Distance: 1 mile(s)
Location Notes: This facility has locations in Hayward,
Oakland, and Livermore. Please call for more information.''
Thanks for being aware that mercury containing items are indeed
HAZARDOUS wastes and should be disposed of accordingly! Other
mercury containing items that you should take to an HHW include
flouescent lightbulbs, thermostats and even light-up tennis
shoes. Your local sewer district (EBMUD) spends lots of effort
on Mercury outreach, and will be glad to answer any questions
you may have about HHW. EBMUD does do a thermometer exchange,
as do most water and sewer districts in the Bay Area.
To exchange a thermometer or get rid of old medicine, go to
They are having an exchange on April 30.
Mercury thermometers can be dropped off at the Alameda County
Household Hazardous Waste locations in Oakland, Hayward or
Livermore. Mercury is also present in fluorescent light bulbs,
wall thermometers, some brands of flashing light kids sneakers,
paint made before 1991, and more. See
http://www.epa.gov/mercury/ for good reading.
Check out the Stop Waste website http://stopwaste.org/ for local
dropoff dates. For general recycling information try my
recycling website at http://www.obviously.com/recycle/
At the Green Home Expo, there will be a mercury thermometer
swap (along with a lightbulb exchange, oil change kits, free
giveaways and more). It's in Berkeley at the Civic Center Park
on Saturday, April 30th, from 12-5 pm. Free!
For more info go to www.greenhomeexpo.org
If you live in Alameda County, you can drop it off for recycling
at the Hazardous Waste facility at 2100 East 7th St. in
Oakland. See their website for dates/times.
It's not exactly convenient, but maybe you also have some paint
cans and other stuff you want to clean out at the same time.
Local governments periodically run trade-in programs, but the
only on-going one I know of is for SF residents. Hopefully
someone else has a lead on one in the East Bay.
They used to have a program the the UCSF Bookstore where you
could trade one for the other. I don't know if it's still on.
A few weeks back, EBMUD with Save The Bay (or something like that) had a
thermometer exchange set up at the Walgreens across from Berkeley Bowl. It was
just for 1 day, and I ran into it by chance. They would trade your old mercury
thermometer for a digital one. Maybe a call to EBMUD or a visit to their website
would tell you more. There's also a disposal center for hazardous household waste
in Oakland (on E. 7th St.). You could find out about that through Wate Management.
Green Home Expo - Saturday April 30th (noon to 5pm) at Berkeley
Civic Center Park. Free drop off for computers, monitors, cell
phones, expired medicines, household batteries and FREE MERCURY
THERMOMETER EXCHANGE for a digital thermometer. Free event. Also
workshops such as lead-safe painting and remodelling.
lyn dailey firstname.lastname@example.org
i'm not sure this will help, though i visited montclair
presbyterian church and they were doing a thermometer
exchange...they might have more or know how you might recycle
yours. their number is 339.1131.
or of course try contacting the ecology center...
2530 San Pablo #548.3402
On April 30, 12-5, you can recycle mercury thermometers at the
Berkeley GreenHome Expo (near farmers market). They will give
you an electronic one in exchange.
You can recyle them this Saturday, April 30, at the 2005 GREEN
HOME EXPO in Civic Center Park, downtown Berkeley, next to
Saturday Farmers' Market. You'll get a free digital thermometer
in exchange. http://www.greenhomeexpo.org/
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