Kentucky Division of Waste Management
MERCURY COLLECTION SET FOR MCCRACKEN COUNTY
PADUCAH, Ky. (April 11, 2007) – A free mercury collection program for McCracken County residents will be conducted Saturday, April 14, from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CDT at the Commercial Waste Inc. (CWI) transfer station, 829 Burnett Street, Paducah. Mercury and household items containing mercury will be collected and recycled. Fluorescent bulbs will not be accepted.
The collection is sponsored by the state Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet (EPPC) in partnership with the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Since the program began in October 2005, 1,661 pounds of mercury have been collected around Kentucky. A collection in McCracken County last year brought in 169 pounds.
Since 2000, Kentucky has had 112 mercury incidents that required a state or federal emergency response. A mercury spill in November resulted in a temporary shutdown of Calloway County Middle School in Murray.
In all, 41 incidents involved schools, 25 involved residences, 34 involved businesses, three involved a government agency and nine were “other,” a category that includes, for example, mercury that was found or turned over to a government agency.
Exposure to liquid mercury or “quicksilver,” whether through skin contact, breathing the vapors or ingesting mercury in food or drink, can be harmful to your health. Information on safely dealing with a mercury spill can be obtained by calling the EPPC’s Division of Waste Management at 502-564-6716 or going online to http://www.waste.ky.gov/factsheets/ .
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