How do I dispose of items containing mercury?

The following items should be brought to the Health Department at 90 Colon Street for safe disposal:

  • Button batteries
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and tubes under (no longer than) 2ft long
  • Switches
  • Thermometers
  • Thermostats

Do not dismantle mercury containing devices. Call the Health Department at 978-921-8591 for guidance on disposal of fluorescent tubes and other items containing mercury.

Show All Answers

1. Is there a comprehensive itemized disposal guideline?
2. Why should I recycle?
3. When is my trash and recycle collection day?
4. What about holiday week collections?
5. When should I put out my recycling?
6. Why didn’t the truck pick up my recycling?
7. Whom do I call if my trash, recycling, or yard waste is not picked up?
8. What can I recycle?
9. How do I put items out for recycling?
10. Do I need to rinse out my bottles and cans?
11. Do I need to separate cans, bottles and plastic containers from each other?
12. What about polystyrene, cartons (milk, juice, juice boxes etc), pizza boxes and microwave food boxes?
13. Can I put out more than one recycling bin?
14. Where can I get a recycling bin?
15. Does the City collect yard waste?
16. Is there a place where I can drop off my yard waste?
17. How can I dispose of Christmas trees?
18. Is there a curbside Food Compost program?
19. Where can I recycle books, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes?
20. How can I stop junk mail?
21. How can I shred confidential documents?
22. Is there an electronics collection?
23. Is there a hazardous waste collection?
24. How do I dispose of items containing mercury?
25. How do I dispose of waste oil (used motor oil)?
26. What can I do with all my plastic bags?
27. Can I put out any size barrel for trash and recycling?
28. Can I throw away my propane tank?
29. Is there a limit to the amount of large (“Bulk”) items I can throw away?
30. Where can I bring ink and toner cartridges to recycle?
31. How do I dispose of pharmaceuticals?