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Practical Sourcebook on Mercury Waste Storage and DisposalPractical Sourcebook on Mercury Waste Storage and Disposal

The Practical Sourcebook aims to enhance the capacity of governments and other relevant stakeholders to store and dispose mercury wastes in an environmentally sound manner.

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Storing and Disposing Excess Mercury in Central America
January 2014


Storing and Disposing Excess Mercury in South America - Advancing National Initiatives in Argentina and Uruguay
October 2012


Analysis of Options for the Environmentally Sound Management of Surplus Mercury in Asia and the Pacific
April 2011


Options Analysis and Feasibility Study for the Long Term Storage of Mercury in Latin America and the Caribbean
October 2010


Assessment of Excess Mercury Supply in Asia, 2010-2050
August 2011

According to the scenarios assessed in the report, mercury supply and demand in Asia are projected to reach a rough equilibrium beginning about 2014-2015. After 2017 the urgency of an Asian mercury storage capability is likely to depend on the rate of demand reduction. Substantial excess mercury can be expected in Asia after 2030. The quantity of excess mercury, mostly accumulated between 2030 and 2050, would likely amount to just over 5,500 tonnes.


Mercury Trade map


Technical Options for Mercury Storage and Disposal


Suggested Framework for Decision Making
December 2010


Assessment of Excess of Mercury Supply in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 2010-2050Assessment of Excess of Mercury Supply in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 2010-2050
April 2010

This study attempts to understand the dynamic flux between mercury supply and demand in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. Current and future regional supply of mercury includes the continued mining of mercury, the occasional decommissioning of chlor-alkali facilities, the recovery of mercury from used products and wastes, mercury by-product from other mining operations and natural gas production, and the increasing use of mercury-free alternatives to mercury products.


Assessment of Excess of Mercury Supply in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2010-2050
July 2009

The future principal sources of mercury in the Latin American and Caribbean region were identified as that recovered as a by-product of mining operations, and recovered from the closure/conversion of mercury cell chlor-alkali plants. A base case scenario suggests that mercury supply may exceed demand as easily as 2015 with total excess easily arising between 2015 and 2050 possibly amounting to over 8,000 tonnes.


Summary of Supply, Trade and Demand Information on Mercury
November 2006

The report is based on information provided by governments and other stakeholders, as well as publicly available comprehensive trade statistics for mercury.


Mercury flows and safe storage of surplus mercury
August 2006


Mercury flows in Europe and the world: The impact of decommissioned chlor-alkali plants
August 2003