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Mercury-containing Products

EPA's Mercury Web Site provides a broad range of information on actions by EPA and others, the effects of mercury on people and the environment, and how to protect you and your family.

In recent years, there has been a growing push to eliminate or decrease the use of mercury in household and commercial products. Mercury is present in many products, including fluorescent lamps, compact florescent light bulbs, button batteries, thermostats, thermometers and other medical devices, pressure gauges, switches, relays, and dental supplies. Mercury exposures to humans and the environment can occur if these products are not handled correctly, especially during disposal.

Several states have passed legislation to reduce mercury in waste, relying on approaches such as banning the sale of certain mercury-added products, requiring product labeling, and implementing collection and recycling programs for some mercury-containing products. Numerous stewardship efforts targeting a variety of mercury-containing products have been initiated by government, industry, and non-governmental organizations. Encouraging progress has been made on a number of fronts:


Reducing Mercury Use in Healthcare: Promoting a Healthier Environment Exit EPA: Monroe County Department of Health with EPA funding.

Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy Workgroup: Developed by US EPA Region 5 and Environment Canada.  Provides a framework for actions to reduce or eliminate toxic substances, including mercury, from the Great Lakes Basin.

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