Local Emergency Planning Committee


Hazardous Materials Awareness Week - February 10-16, 2013

Mercury Awareness and Education


Mercury details from the periodic table of elementsMercury (chemical symbol Hg) is also referred to as "elemental mercury", "quicksilver" and "liquid silver".  The most common routes of exposure are absorption through the skin or inhalation as a vapor.


Short term exposure harmful effects may include skin irritation upon contact and pneumonitis from inhalation of Mercury vapors, affecting the central nervous system and kidneys.  Long term effects include irritability, emotional instability, tremors, mental and memory disturbances, speech disorders, as well as inflammation and discoloration of the gums.  May cause toxic effects upon human reproduction.

Common Household Items Containing Mercury


Recycling symbol in light bulb




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Computer tower

Sylvania FO21/865/XP/ECO Fluorescent Light Bulb

 County Recycling Programs for Mercury-Containing Items


Miami-Dade County Home Chemical and Waste Electronics Collection Program


Broward County Household Hazardous Waste Recycling 


Monroe County Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Disposal  



U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mercury Quick Finder


Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 


Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Mercury Program


Locate Recycling Centers for Items Containing Mercury


Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department
Home Chemical Collection Program


Broward County Waste and Recycling Services Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program 


Monroe County Public Works Solid Waste and Recycling Services 

Previous HazMat Awareness Week Themes 


2011 - Shelter-In-Place 

2010 - Safety in School Chemistry Labs 

2009 - Minimizing Mercury Releases and Proper Disposal of CFLs 


Please contact SoFlaLEPC Coordinator Manny Cela for more information (celam@sfrpc.com).


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Last edited on January 20, 2012