Dispose of Mercury Right

Do not place mercury or mercury-containing devices in your trash or recycling. Mercury can be hazardous to your health and the environment.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District offers a free year-round drop off for mercury and mercury-containing devices at their facility in Cuyahoga Heights. See details.


Household mercury items like thermometers and thermostats can be properly disposed at a household hazardous waste collection.

How to Determine If Your Non-Digital Thermometer Contains Mercury

Newer non-digital fever thermometers often use alcohol or a non-toxic compound that looks similar to mercury. Ask:

  • Is the liquid in the thermometer any color other than silver? Then it is most likely alcohol.
  • Is it silver? Then it may be mercury or possibly a non-mercury substance.

The U.S. EPA has details about mercury thermometers.


Cleaning Up A Mercury Spill

For details on cleaning up a mercury spill or broken thermometer, see these guidelines from the U.S. EPA. After following the EPA instructions for clean-up and containment, contact Matt Walters at (216) 443-3749 or email to discuss disposal options.

Businesses must contract with a licensed environmental services company for proper disposal or recycling. For business locations, see the list of options below.



Looking to recycle, donate or dispose of other items? Use the dark blue 'What Do I Do With?' search bar at the top of every page of this website. Allow location services or use the city drop-down to find opportunities in your local area.