Mercury Disposal

Mercury is a hazardous material that causes serious environmental and health problems. Although it is found naturally, problems arise from its release from man-mad products and energy production. Once mercury is released into the environment, it cycles and converts to the toxic form, methylmercury, and is virtually impossible to remove.

Mercury is a persistent, bioaccumulative pollutant. Its use is unnecessary since there are many mercury-free alternatives. The Department of Natural Resources is working cooperatively with many Wisconsin communities to keep mercury out of the environment through recycling and promotion of mercury-free alternatives.

The following are items which contain mercury and need to be disposed of properly:
  • Heating thermostats
  • Switches and relays
  • Thermostat probes
  • Thermometers

The items listed above can be brought to:
The Manitowoc Wastewater Treatment Facility
1015 South Lakeview Dr.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Phone: (920) 686-3550
The Manitowoc County Recycling Facility
3000 Basswood Rd.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Phone: (920) 683-4333

See more about mercury on the WI DNR website. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: Mercury Information.