Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program

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WHY IS MERCURY A HEALTH RISK?
Human exposure to mercury can result in adverse health effects. Mercury exposure has been linked to nervous system, kidney and liver damage. It can impair childhood development in young children. Pets and animals can also be affected by mercury exposure.

WHY ARE MERCURY THERMOMETERS A PROBLEM?
Mercury thermometers are easily broken, creating a possible risk of exposure to mercury vapors in your home. Throwing them into the garbage can cause contamination of the environment.

HOW MUCH MERCURY IS IN A MERCURY THERMOMETER?
A mercury thermometer contains about one (1) gram of mercury. It might not appear like a lot, but it is enough to contaminate all the fish in a lake with a surface area of twenty (20) acres.

CAN MERCURY THERMOMETERS STILL BE PURCHASED?
The sale, distribution, or manufacture of mercury thermometers has been prohibited in the State of Illinois since July 1, 2004.

ARE THERE SAFER ALTERNATIVES?
There are a number of accurate and safe alternatives to mercury thermometers out on the market today.

WHAT IS THE MERCURY THERMOMETER EXCHANGE PROGRAM?
Residents may bring in their unwanted unbroken mercury thermometers to the Village for proper disposal. The Village will also take thermostats and wall switches.

ALL ITEMS MUST BE BROUGHT IN A SEALED PLASTIC BAG.
All mercury thermometers will be exchanged for a new, mercury free thermometer at no cost.

WHERE DO I BRING THE MERCURY THERMOMETERS?
Bring your thermometers, thermostats, and wall switches to the Community Development counter located on the first floor of the Village Municipal Complex during normal business hours.

WHAT DO I DO IF I BREAK A MERCURY THERMOMETER IN MY HOME?
Go to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.state.il.us or to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov. for information on how to handle a mercury spill in your home.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING, LIQUID MERCURY OR CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS, METERS OR ANY OTHER KIND OF WASTE. NO BUSINESS-GENERATED WASTE WILL BE ACCEPTED.