Did you know that many older products were manufactured with mercury? Due to its unique properties, mercury has been used in a variety of commercial and consumer products including thermometers, tilt switches and thermostats. For a list of products that were manufactured with mercury, please visit the Mercury Identification page.
Mercury is a toxic, bioaccumulative and persistent heavy metal that threatens human and ecosystem health. It is important that mercury-containing products are properly recycled once they reach the end of their useful life so the mercury isn’t released into our air, water or soil. The products recovered through this project are counted, documented, and safely recycled through a process called retort. Visit our FAQ page to find out more about the retort process and get answers to other common program questions.
Thanks to generous seed funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation; Scout Environmental and the Region of Peel have launched a pilot project to target and collect older and less traceable mercury-containing products often referred to as “orphaned”. These products are not covered by traditional extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs that require the manufacturer to pay for product management at the end of its useful life.
Through this project, Scout Environmental and the Regional Municipality of Peel are taking deliberate actions to benefit the environment by:
Scout Environmental would like to help other municipalities run Mercury Roundup projects. If you would like to learn more about kick starting this project in your community, please contact us.