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Mercury Legacy Products

Organization(s) Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association
Project Description NEWMOA has prepared a series of web pages that provides information about the past and current uses of mercury-added legacy products, including photographs, types of situations in which the products were typically used, the location of mercury in the product, and information on their proper handling, removal, and disposal. The term "legacy product" refers to a mercury-added product that is no longer sold as a new product in commerce in the U.S., but may still be in use, may be resold as a used or antique product, or if not being used may be stored in homes or businesses. The website covers the following consumer product categories: antiques, automobiles, household products and appliances, novelties, religious items and the ritual use of mercury, and sport/recreational equipment; and the following commercial product categories: hospital equipment, measuring devices, and schools and other commercial building equipment. These products may be subject to waste disposal restrictions because of their mercury content. Some states also restrict the re-sale of these products.

The website was developed under a contract with the MassDEP to assist that agency in implementing the Massachusetts Mercury Management Act; therefore, the initial set of products focuses on those that are affected by the Massachusetts law. Certain categories of products are not addressed because they are not regulated by this law. For example, the website does not include legacy products with mercury only in a mercury-containing lamp or button-cell battery (e.g., many electronic products) or formulated mercury-added products (i.e., chemical products such as reagents and preservatives).

There may be mercury-added legacy products about which there is little, if any, available and reliable information that NEWMOA was able to find. NEWMOA is interested in updating the information presented on its website, and adding information about additional mercury-added legacy products.

More Info www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/projects/legacy/
Project Contact
Name Rachel Smith
Phone 617-367-8558 ext. 304
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords New publication, Website updates
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 18 No. 2, Fall 2008 [PDF]


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