Division of Waste Management
Mercury collection set Saturday

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 14, 2006  
Contact Information:  Kerri Cope, (502) 564-6716  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2006) – Area residents, businesses and institutions can bring mercury and mercury-containing equipment to the main office of Sanitation District No. 1, 1045 Eaton Drive, Fort Wright, on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST. The district office is near the intersection of Madison Pike/KY 1 and Interstate-275. 

The service is free and participants will receive mercury-free thermometers. Fluorescent bulbs will not be accepted.

The collection is sponsored by the state Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet in conjunction with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Boone, Kenton and Campbell county governments.

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. A fact sheet about Household Mercury Spills is online at http://www.waste.ky.gov/factsheets/

Since 2000, there have been 101 mercury incidents in Kentucky requiring state or federal response. Thirty-eight incidents occurred in schools, 23 involved residences, 30 involved businesses, seven were miscellaneous sites and three involved a government agency.

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