New law to get mercury out of waste stream goes into effect

By KBJR News 1

New law to get mercury out of waste stream goes into effect

August 1, 2014 Updated Aug 1, 2014 at 6:37 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A new part of Minnesota state law goes into effect August 1, which prohibits disposing of any products containing mercury in the garbage or down a drain.

Some household products that have mercury in them include fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers, and some thermostats.

Under the law, manufacturers will also be held accountable for the costs of collecting old mercury thermostats.

Officials at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) have been working with the public and businesses to identify sources of mercury contamination and prevent it from getting into environment.

"We worked with area dentist to eliminate the disposal of mercury containing fillings down the drain which in effect had an enormous impact on reducing the mercury into our waste water treatment plant facility," said Marianne Bohren, executive directive at WLSSD. "We also have a clean shop program where we work with area businesses so they can also dispose of their mercury containing products."

For more information about how to dispose of products that contain mercury, click here

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