Mercury is an element that can be harmful to human health and the environment if not managed properly. It is found in several household items such as thermostats and thermometers. Please bring your mercury containing devices to the Recycling Depot at Rumford Ave.
While their use is encouraged for energy efficiency, fluorescent bulbs should not be thrown away with regular trash; instead they need to be disposed of properly since they contain mercury. Many hardware stores, such as Lowe's and Home Depot, accept fluorescent bulbs for recycling. The City also accepts fluorescent bulbs at the Recycling Depot, please keep in original packaging.
Read more about the benefits of choosing compact fluorescent lighting
For more information on mercury, please visit the MA Department of Environmental Protection