News Release 019
Department sponsoring mercury drop off sites in central Missouri area
Homeowners, Not-For-Profit Agencies Targeted
Volume 37-019 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JAN. 30, 2009 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is launching a month-long effort in February to rid homes of mercury, with nearly 90 mercury drop-off locations throughout the state, including 11 in central Missouri.
The department, working with fire departments and county health offices throughout the state, is providing mercury drop off buckets in communities statewide. Any private citizen or nonprofit agency can leave mercury-containing instruments, like thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, thermostats or switches, at any of these sites.
The program does not include compact fluorescent bulbs. A fact sheet detailing the proper disposal of CFLs is available on the department’s website: http://www.dnr.mo.gov/pubs/pub2273.pdf.
The department is asking that anyone seeking to dispose of items at these sites first secure the item in two zip top bags and then place them in a sealed container (such as a coffee can or plastic margarine tub). The extra packaging is required to prevent the release of mercury if the item breaks while being transported.
The list of drop off sites in central Missouri is included below. Please call the site before taking mercury instruments for disposal, and never leave items if the facility is closed.
The Department of Natural Resources will collect the dropped off items at the end of February and transport them to Jefferson City. They will be picked up by a state contractor, who will recycle what can be recycled and properly dispose of the rest.
Anyone who is uncomfortable with transporting mercury instruments, or who has large quantities of mercury, can contact the department’s spill line at 573-634-2436 to arrange to have items picked up.
A total of 11 facilities in central Missouri are participating in the mercury drop off program. Unless otherwise noted, their office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday:
- Missouri Department of Natural Resources, 2710 W. Main St., Jefferson City, 573-634-2436 (closes at 4 p.m.)
- Osage County Clerk's Office, 106 E. Main St., Linn, 573-897-0911
- Rolla Fire Department, 1490 E. 10th St., Rolla, 573-364-3989
- Phelps/Maries County Health Dept., 200 N. Main, Suite G-51, Rolla, 573-458-6042
- Crawford County Health Dept., 202 W. Main, Steelville, 573-775-2555 (closes at 4:30 p.m.)
- MRPC, #4 Industrial Drive, St. James, 573-265-2993
- Sedalia Fire Department, 600 S. Hancock, Sedalia, 660-826-8044
- Rolla Fire and Rescue Department, 1490 E. 10th St., Rolla, 573-364-3989
- City of Hermann Street Dept., 514 Gutenberg, Hermann, (7 a.m.-4 p.m., closed during lunch)
- Callaway County Health Dept., 4950 County Road 304, Fulton, 573-642-5750 (9 a.m.-4 p.m., closed during lunch)
- Boone County Health Dept., 1005 W. Worley St., Columbia, 573-874-7346 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday)
The statewide list of drop off sites is available online.