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Mercury in Products

The Issue

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 Lead


US Environmental Protection Agency

Ms. Tanya Hodge Mottley

Quick Links

The Environmental Economics of a Global Ban on Mercury-added Products

Economics of Conversion to Mercury-Free Products

Options for reducing mercury use in products and applications, and the fate of mercury already circulating in society