How should I dispose of a mercury thermometer?

Mercury (sometimes called quicksilver) is a dangerous material. Mercury-glass thermometers are not available in stores; digital thermometers have replaced them. If a mercury-glass thermometer ever breaks, do not touch the mercury -- it is very poisonous. Use gloves and clean it up with something that can be thrown away.

Do not simply throw mercury-containing or mercury-glass thermometers away in the trash, because the mercury is considered "hazardous waste." You can call your local household hazardous waste hotline or health department for instructions on how to dispose of any mercury thermometers you may have.

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