Thursday, October 31, 2013
A Very Scary Substance
There’s a scary substance lurking around in the environment. It’s in the air, water, animals, products we use every day and even in people. It builds up in fish and can ruin their health, too! When you eat fish with a lot of it in them, you end up with it in you too. It can make people sick and affect neurological development. What is this eerie element? It’s mercury, a creepy chemical that’s all around.
Mercury is an element that is liquid at room temperature and evaporates easily. It occurs naturally, but is most often released into the air through the burning of coal. It is also used in products like thermostats, thermometers, and switches (like the ones that turn your trunk and hood lights on in your car). Mercury-containing products are hazardous and should not be thrown in with your regular trash. You can prevent mercury in the environment by buying products that don’t contain mercury, disposing of mercury-containing items correctly, and becoming more energy efficient. Watch our webinar below for information on reducing the number of mercury containing items in your life and proper disposal. You can also tune in for our “Universal Waste Rules for Mercury” webinar on November 13th. Mercury-containing products can be brought to the wastewater treatment plant (51 E 1st Street) free of charge. You’ll even receive a mercury-free thermostat.
"Mercury and You" webinar from October 8, 2013