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Mercury Reduction in Products


Transition success has been demonstrated in thermometers, switches and relays, batteries other than button cells, thermostats, HID auto discharge lamps, and sphygmomanometers.

Affordable alternatives to mercury are available for most products, but commercially cost effective alternatives for mercury in batteries and lamps are needed. Good practices in dental care can also reduce mercury releases.

Reducing mercury in products may be the most effective means to control mercury in waste. Sound management should consider all stages of the product’s life-cycle. Clear regulation can prompt manufacturers to produce mercury-free products.

Partnership Priority Actions

  • Phase out and eventually eliminate mercury in products.
  • Eliminate releases during manufacturing and other industrial processes via environmentally sound production, transportation, storage, and disposal processes.
  • Support health care mercury inventory, reduction, waste management, and training.
Partnership Area Leads What's New

Lead: Ms. Tanya Hodge Mottley
US Environmental Protection Agency