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Motor Vehicle Salvage Facility Project Recycling

Organization(s) New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services
Project Description Although New Hampshire's Mercury Auto Switch bill died in Committee, the Auto & Truck Recyclers Association of New Hampshire (ATRA) and Department of Environmental Services organized a voluntary program to remove and recycle mercury switches from end-of-life vehicles before they are shredded and smelted. Under this program, ATRA members were provided with properly labeled plastic buckets, and, as they disassemble vehicles, they remove the mercury switches and store them in the buckets. Within a year, the auto recycler brings the bucket to one of eight stations throughout the state where the switches are consolidated and shipped to an approved mercury recycler. The cost of the program is shared by its participants. The Auto & Truck Recyclers Association purchased the buckets, the individual auto recyclers provide the labor to remove the switches, and the Department of Environmental Services pays the costs of transportation and recycling. The program unofficially started with the distribution of 1-gallon collection buckets during summer 2003 Auto Salvage Workshops. As of spring 2004, over 60 buckets have been distributed, and, within the first six months, over 600 switches have been collected.

Project Contact
Name Paul Lockwood
Phone 603) 271-2956
Project Keywords
Industrial Sectors Auto Body
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 14 No. 1, Spring 2004


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