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News Release: May 27, 2019

Dispose mercury products at any Peel Community Recycling Centre

Brampton, ON (May 27, 2019): The Region of Peel announces the continuation of its Mercury Roundup program in partnership with Scout Environmental and Ontario Trillium Foundation. Since the launch of this program in 2016, the Region of Peel has collected over 700 mercury-containing products and recovered over 30kgs of liquid mercury, equivalent to the mercury found in 3 million fluorescent tube lights!

“There are many older mercury-containing items in people’s basements, garages, and storage units – items like thermometers, thermostats, blood pressure monitors, and button batteries,” says Dwayne Cromwell, Supervisor, Community Recycling Centre, at the Region of Peel. “We want to make sure these items don’t get thrown in the garbage or in recycling, where they pose a risk to the environment.”

The Mercury Roundup Program aims to educate Peel residents about the different types of items containing mercury and how to safely dispose of them. Residents are encouraged to bring these items to any Peel’s Community Recycling Centre and receive a digital thermometer, free of charge.

Mercury Facts:

Residents can check https://www.mercuryroundup.ca/Peel to see a full list of items that may contain mercury.

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.4 million people and 173,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.

Media Contacts

Sangeeta Sundaresan
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
905-791-7800 x 7963