Mercury

Mercury

Mercury comes in many forms. Mercury is a naturally occurring element that is found in air, water and soil. Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that can be found in many household items, including old thermostats, thermometers, switches and some light bulbs.  You can see some forms of mercury, like the silver liquid that may be found in some thermometers. This mercury is known as metallic mercury.   Other forms of mercury you can’t see, like the kind in certain types of fish that you eat. This type of mercury is called methylmercury.  Visit "Eat Safe Fish" to learn more about the mercury in fish.  Both forms of mercury are bad for your health.  Please see the links below for more information.
 
The Livingston County Solid Waste Program typically handles questions or concerns regarding mercury. To contact the solid waste program, call 517-545-9609 or visit their website. 
 
Additional Resources for Mercury

In case of emergency, call the Poison Control Center 24 hours a day at 1-800-222-1222
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Hotline 1-800-MI-TOXIC or Mercury Home Page