Small amounts of mercury are commonly used in the home in thermometers, thermostats and fluorescent lighting. Although mercury is a toxic substance, it is not hazardous when found in a sealed device. The danger to public health and the environment arises when mercury-containing items are broken and discarded in the trash, or broken after being discarded in the trash.
In Marion County, disposing of mercury containing items is easy! Residents can drop-off these bulbs at one of the city's ToxDrop locations.