Division of Waste Management
Mercury collection set in Richmond

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 19, 2006  
Contact Information:  Kerri Cope, (502) 564-6716  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2006) – A mercury collection program sponsored by the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet in conjunction with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services will be conducted Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT at the No. 2 Fire Station, 2030 Kingston Highway, U.S. 421, Richmond. The fire station is opposite the main entrance to Blue Grass Army Depot.

Mercury and mercury-containing equipment from homes, businesses and various institutions will be collected and recycled, free of charge. The service is being offered during the Madison County “Fall Haul” collection of household hazardous waste.

The sponsored event is only for Madison County residents, businesses and institutions.  Fluorescent bulbs will not be accepted.

Exposure to liquid mercury, or “quicksilver,” can be harmful to your health. Exposure can occur through skin contact, breathing mercury vapors or ingesting mercury in food or drink.

Since 2000, there have been 98 mercury incidents in Kentucky requiring state or federal response. Thirty-six incidents occurred in schools, 22 involved residences, 30 involved businesses, seven were miscellaneous sites and three involved a government agency.