Public Services Department
Why is Delhi Charter Township
collecting mercury thermometers and thermostats?
Delhi cares about you and your future!
Mercury has been recognized as one of the primary pollutants of
concern for Michigan. In fact, mercury contamination has resulted in
the Michigan Department of Community Health issuing state-wide fish
Mercury is a naturally occurring toxic
trace element found in air, water, soil and rocks. It is a silvery
colored liquid member of a group of elements called heavy metals.
Mercury is used in thousands of household and commercial products and
In humans, mercury poisoning can cause
central nervous system, kidney and liver damage, and impaired child
development.* Four members of a Michigan family died from inhaling
mercury vapors released by home smelting mercury amalgams to recover
the silver. Children playing with mercury can be seriously poisoned by
breathing invisible vapors released to the air at room temperature
from spilled mercury in carpeting, furniture or other surfaces. In the
environment, microorganisms can convert mercury into methylmercury,
which is especially toxic.
All mercury containing
thermometers and thermostats collected by the Township will be
properly disposed of.
Where do you dispose of your mercury thermometers and thermostats?
Please bring your mercury-containing
thermometer or thermostat in sealed double-bagged "ziploc" type plastic bags
to the Delhi Township Wastewater Treatment Plant
at 5961 McCue Road. Please call (517) 699-3873 before you leave to
let us know you are coming to drop items off.
What else can you do?
Buy alternative products that do not
contain the following ingredients: thimerosol (some contact lens
solutions), phenylmercuric acetate, mercuric oxide, etc.
Choose alternatives to
mercury-containing products including mercury free batteries and
Separate mercury-containing waste
from your trash and save it for local household hazardous waste
Recycle button batteries.
Conserve electricity: Burning less
coal and oil (that naturally contains mercury) to generate
electricity will emit less mercury into the environment.
Use energy efficient compact
fluorescent lights. However, please be aware that all fluorescent
bulbs contain mercury. Be careful not to break them and properly
dispose of used fluorescent bulbs during household hazardous waste
collection days (see information above).
Use mechanical or electrical switches
instead of mercury containing light and appliance switches.
Check childrenís "light up" shoes.
L.A. Gearís My Lilílights if bought before June of 1994 contain
Dispose of any latex paint
manufactured before 1990 at household hazardous waste day; it may
Information on mercury is from the
"Mercury Awareness for Michigan Citizens" brochure published by the
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Copies are available
upon request by calling the Delhi Wastewater Treatment
(Publicly Owned Treatment Works)
- Holt, MI 48842
1492 Aurelius Road
- Holt, MI 48842
Phone: 517- 699-3874
Evening and Weekend Sewer Emergency Line: 694-9231
not use email for sewer emergencies)