The City of Palo Alto is sponsoring a month long collection of mercury thermometers to help cut down on mercury contamination in the air, San Francisco Bay, and creeks. Mercury thermometers have a line that is silver while alcohol-based thermometers have a line that is red. To safely dispose of your mercury thermometer, be sure to bring it either in its original case or inside two sealed or tied plastic baggies.
Mercury is a highly toxic liquid with vapors that can’t be seen or smelled. To learn what to do in the event that your mercury thermometer breaks, visit http://www.epa.gov/mercury/spills/index.htm#storing. It is recommended that mercury thermometers be replaced by digital thermometers.
Only mercury thermometers are being collected through October 31 at participating locations in Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Los Altos. A complete list of drop-off locations can be viewed at: www.cityofpaloalto.org.
Palo Alto: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/
Mercury Releases & Spills: http://www.epa.gov/mercury/spills/index.htm#storing