Thermostats and switches: mercury

Recommended disposal options

Hennepin County drop-off facilities

See restrictions and instructions below:

Drop-off facilities accept:

Thermostats and switches that contain mercury


No charge

Hazardous materials precautions

Thermostats and switches may contain mercury. Transport mercury-containing items in a sealed plastic or glass container.

Cleaning up spilled mercury

If you have a broken mercury thermostat or switch, follow the instructions on the MPCA factsheet Cleaning up Spilled Mercury in the Home. Bring broken item and clean up materials in a closed bag to a Hennepin County Drop-off Facility.

Household hazardous waste

For information about storing and transporting items that contain mercury, see guidelines for household hazardous waste.

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