Electronics, Fluorescents, Batteries and Other Mercury-containing Products
No Electronics in Garbage
Electronics contain lead, mercury, cadmium, brominated flame retardants and other hazardous materials. If disposed improperly, these materials may be released into the environment, posing a heath hazard.
Reuse First : The best way to handle unwanted electronics is to sell or donate them for reuse. If they are outdated, obsolete or broken, they must be recycled.
E-Cycle Washington lists free responsible recycling locations for computers, monitors and TVs in Washington.
Fluorescents (bulbs, tubes, etc.), Thermostats, Button Batteries, etc
Fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent "twirly" bulbs, thermostats, thermometers, mercury- added button batteries (watch, thermometer, and hearing aids) and mercury switches are not accepted for disposal.
These products contain mercury, a highly toxic substance particularly damaging to the developing fetus and young children. When released, mercury circulates between air, water and soil, impacting fish and humans who consume fish. Mercury-containing products need to be properly recycled. Options include:.
Business Fluorescent Lamps:
Household Fluorescent Lamps:
Mercury-containing products in general:
Household generated mercury-containing products can be disposed of at household hazardous waste collection facilities.
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