Middlesex County Sponsors Mercury Thermometer Exchange

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SAYREVILLE—Middlesex County is sponsoring a mercury thermometer exchange. County residents can turn in their old mercury fever thermometer(s) and receive a new mercury-free digital thermometer – free of charge.  The exchange will be held on Wednesday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sayreville Senior Center at 423 Main Street, Sayreville.

The thermometer exchange is intended both to remove mercury from the municipal waste stream and to educate county residents about the potential hazards posed by mercury found in thermometers.


“Mercury thermometers may be accidentally broken allowing exposure to hazardous mercury in a resident’s home,” states Freeholder Carol Barrett.  “Mercury spills are extremely difficult to clean and can pose a health hazard, to those exposed to this metallic element”.

Residents are asked to deliver their thermometer(s) to the Senior Center in its storage case.  If the mercury thermometer(s) does not have a storage case, residents should deliver them in a zip-lock plastic storage bag.
This program is open to residents only, not businesses or schools. One new digital thermometer per household will be provided (while supplies last) regardless of the number of mercury thermometers dropped off.

For further information, call the Division of Solid Waste Management at 1-732-745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us.

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