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Re: Management of Mercury



Honeywell a manufacturer of mercury containing thermostats has put together
a program to "take back" thermostats from homeowners or contractors.  It
basicly is a reverse distribution program for comercial users and a mail
back program for home owners.  This program has been piloted in MN and last
I heard they were planning on expanding it.  They have even formed a
separate corporation and will take back all thermostats instead of just
there own.
  Mn has also passed alaw this year that would require mercury relay
manufactures to provide take back services.

At 11:39 AM 12/16/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Any of the P2 experts have any suggestions or companies that will
>except small amounts of elemental mercury (from thermostats,
>thermometers, switches, etc.) from businesses and households.  I
>am primarily talking about under one pound of mercury.
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>Based on my preliminary research, the high cost, adherence to
>regulations, insurance, and safety concerns in transporting small
>amounts of mercury to a commercial mercury recovery facility may
>be the primary factor precluding it from being recycled.  Some
>mercury recovery specialist will conditionally accept small
>quantities of mercury but may require the generator to make
>his/her own transportation arrangements and may place a
>geographic limit on the collection area.  No doubt, other states
>have received several inquiries on this issue.  I am interested in
>hearing from them in regards to what they have done.
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>Community household waste collection programs may serve as
>outlets for household-generated mercury, but not all communities
>have household waste collection programs.  In addition, many
>homeowners have expressed fear over handling/storing mercury in
>their homes, due to safety and exposure concerns.
>
>Art Coleman, Ohio EPA
>Division of Hazardous Waste Management
>P.O. Box 1049
>Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
>(614) 644-2934
>Fax (614) 728-1245
>art.coleman@epa.state.oh.us
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Tim Tuominen
WLSSD
2626 Courtland Street
Duluth, MN   55806

Phone:  218.722.3336 x324
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Email: p2team@cp.duluth.mn.us