FREE household mercury collection events in Northern Nevada

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to host FREE household mercury collection events in Carson City, Gardnerville, and Reno 

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) will be hosting free household (“elemental”) mercury waste collection events to give Northern Nevada residents the opportunity to safely dispose of household items that contain mercury, a chemical found in products like thermometers and older thermostats. Mercury can contaminate homes and the natural environment, and can lead to health impacts if ingested or inhaled. As such, products that contain mercury should never be thrown away in residential waste bins. 

Household items that may contain mercury, and that qualify to be disposed of at NDEP's collection events, include: 

  • Older thermometers (if the liquid in the thermometer is silver, it is most likely a mercury thermometer)  
  • Residential thermostats 
  • Mercury switches or relays that may be contained in cars manufactured before 2003 

The mercury collection events are scheduled as follows:  

Carson City: Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 10am-2pm at the Richard Bryan Building (901 S. Stewart St.) 

Gardnerville: September 11, 2021 from 10am-2pm at UNR Cooperative Extension (1325 Waterloo Ln)  

Reno: Sunday, September 12, 2021 from 10am-2pm at South Reno DMV (9155 Double Diamond Pkwy.) 

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