Mercury Collection

 

Mercury is a toxic pollutant that threatens the health of humans, fish and other wildlife. By recycling mercury-containing products, you can help reduce the amount of mercury entering our environment.

Bring your mercury-containing products to the drop-off location nearest you and we’ll recycle them for you, free of charge.

For additional information, call 1-877-999-6035

Residential Products

Lighting

 

  • CFLs
  • Fluorescent tubes (T5, T8, T12)

 

Appliances

 

  • Appliance switches (e.g. chest freezers)

Pick-up information: Call 1-888-303-2103 to schedule pick-up or book online.

 

Thermostats

 

  • Thermostats

Heating contractors: Register for the Switch the Stat*

 

Other

 

  • Barometers
  • Button cell batteries
  • Household thermometers
  • Loose liquid mercury
  • Medical devices
  • Sphygmomanometers (blood-pressure meter)

 

*Heating contractors can get involved by recycling old intact mercury-containing thermostats. Email our partners, Scout Environmental at switchthestat@scoutenvironmental.com to register for Switch the Stat and receive a collection container and a pre-paid return Purolator waybill – it couldn’t be easier.

For additional information, call 1-877-999-6035

 

Mercury Drop-Off Locations

Use the map below to find the Mercury Collection drop-off location nearest you.

There are drop-off locations across Nova Scotia that will accept mercury-containing products free of charge. Please note: many drop-off locations do not accept every type of product.  Please click “View Details” and check the list of Accepted Products to ensure your materials will be accepted by your chosen drop-off location.

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Business Products

Lighting

  • CFLs
  • Fluometric lamp
  • Fluorescent tubes (T5, T8, T12)
  • Fluorescent U-tubes

 

Street and Outdoor Area Lights

  • Mercury vapour lamps
  • Metal halide lamps
  • Sodium vapour lamps

Pick-up information: Call 1-877-688-3065 to schedule pick-up.

 

Appliances

  • Appliance switches (e.g. chest freezers)

Pick-up information: Call 1-888-303-2103 to schedule pick-up or book online.

 

Thermostats

  • Thermostats

Heating contractors: Register for the Switch the Stat*

 

Other

  • Barometers and vacuum gauges
  • Button cell batteries
  • Flame sensor (e.g. gas range)
  • Float switches
  • Flow meter
  • Industrial and laboratory thermometers
  • Hydrometer
  • Hygrometers/psychrometers
  • Loose liquid mercury
  • Manometers
  • Medical devices
  • Pressure switches
  • Pyrometers
  • Relays
  • Sphygmomanometers (blood-pressure meter)
  • Thermostat probes
  • Tilt switches

*Heating contractors can get involved by recycling old intact mercury-containing thermostats. Email our partners, Scout Environmental at switchthestat@scoutenvironmental.com to register for Switch the Stat and receive a collection container and a pre-paid return Purolator waybill – it couldn’t be easier.

For additional information, call 1-877-999-6035

 

Mercury Drop-Off Locations

Use the map below to find the Mercury Collection drop-off location nearest you.

There are drop-off locations across Nova Scotia that will accept mercury-containing products free of charge. Please note: many drop-off locations do not accept every type of product.  Please click “View Details” and check the list of Accepted Products to ensure your materials will be accepted by your chosen drop-off location.

To view Marker Legend please click wrench symbol:

 

 

Drop-Off Locations

Residential Mercury Drop-Off Locations

Use the map below to find the Mercury Collection drop-off location nearest you.

There are drop-off locations across Nova Scotia that will accept mercury-containing products free of charge. Please note: many drop-off locations do not accept every type of product.  Please click “View Details” and check the list of Accepted Products to ensure your materials will be accepted by your chosen drop-off location.

To view Marker Legend please click wrench symbol:

 

 

 

Business Mercury Drop-Off Locations

Use the map below to find the Mercury Collection drop-off location nearest you.

There are drop-off locations across Nova Scotia that will accept mercury-containing products free of charge. Please note: many drop-off locations do not accept every type of product.  Please click “View Details” and check the list of Accepted Products to ensure your materials will be accepted by your chosen drop-off location.

If you are a contractor, please ensure you review the “Contractor Drop-Off Location Guidelines” listed below the drop-off location tool.

To view Marker Legend please click wrench symbol:

 

 

 

Contractors Drop-off Location Guidelines

 

Thank you for doing your part to reduce mercury entering the Nova Scotian environment.

 

To help maintain the safety and efficiency of our volunteer drop-off locations, we ask all customers to follow these few guidelines:

1) Drop-offs are limited to a maximum of 500 pieces per participant per drop-off location per day.

  • If you are located in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and have over 500 pieces of lighting products, please bring them to Dan-X Recycling in Dartmouth, at 64 Trider Crescent (Burnside Industrial Park.) If you have over 1,000 pieces of lighting products, please contact us for a no-cost pick-up from your site.
  • If you are located outside of HRM and have over 500 pieces of lighting products, contact us to arrange a no-cost pick-up from your site.
  • The program reserves the right to decline any pick-up requests at our discretion, such as where we determine the pick-up crews might be exposed to hazardous conditions in the course of a pick-up.

2) All products to be dropped off must be packaged securely in walled-containers such as boxes.

3) Drop-off locations reserve the right to turn customers away at their discretion. Reasons may include:

  • Bulbs are unsafely packaged (i.e. garbage bag, damaged box)
  • Broken bulbs are unsafely packaged and unlabelled

 

4) Do not leave any products outside a drop-off location.

 

5) Do not drop off any products after-hours.

 

FAQs

1. Why should I recycle mercury-containing products?

By recycling products that contain mercury, you can help reduce the amount of mercury entering the Nova Scotian environment.

 

2. Is there a fee for recycling mercury-containing products?

There is no cost for you to take advantage of this service.

 

3. If this service is free, who pays for it?

This program is funded by Nova Scotia Power.

 

4.  How are mercury-containing products recycled?

We try to make it easy for you to responsibly dispose of your old products. To ensure responsible handling of the materials at every step of the process, a rigorous chain of custody procedure is in place from product collection to chemical processing.

Mercury Collection Infographic

5. Does my fridge or freezer contain mercury?

Many chest freezers that were manufactured prior to 2001 contain mercury. Regardless if yours does or not, we can pick it up and properly recycle it, plus we’ll give you $30. Learn more.

 

6. Why are CFLs considered “green” if they contain mercury?

For many years, CFLs were the first choice in lighting because they were more energy efficient than incandescent lighting. CFLs themselves contain a very small amount of mercury, less than in an average can of tuna. Now that LEDs are readily available and affordably priced, they are quickly replacing CFLs as an energy efficient, green lighting solution.

 

7. Do I need to remove the mercury from the product before I drop it off for recycling?

Please keep mercury-containing products intact when dropping them off for recycling. For safety reasons, do not attempt to remove mercury yourself. In the event of a spill, follow the Environment and Climate Change Canada guidelines for cleaning up small mercury spills.

 

8. I’m unfamiliar with some of the mercury-containing products listed. Would I have some of these products in my home?

If you’re not sure, check out Environment Canada for a detailed description of mercury-containing products.

For additional information, call 1-877-999-6035

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Efficiency Nova Scotia, in partnership with Scout Environmental, are proud to offer free mercury collection and recycling.

Register for Switch the ‘Stat to have mercury collection completed right at your business location.

Register today and you’ll receive:
• An approved container for storage and shipment
• A pre-paid Purolator waybill to return your full container
• Educational and promotional materials

 

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