News Release 021
Department sponsoring mercury drop off sites in southeast Missouri
Homeowners, Nonprofit Agencies TargetedVolume 37-021 (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 24 in southeast 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 placed 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 southeast 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 24 facilities in southeast Missouri are participating in the mercury drop off program. Unless otherwise noted, their office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday:
- Bollinger County Health Dept., 107 Hwy. 51 N., Marble Hill, 573-238-2817 (closes 4:30 p.m.)
- Poplar Bluff Fire Dept., Station #1, 300 S Broadway, Poplar Bluff, 573-686-8692 (opens 9 a.m.)
- Cape Girardeau Fire Dept., Station #1, 1 S. Sprigg St., Cape Girardeau, 573-334-3211
- Carter County Health Dept., 1611 Health Department, Van Buren, 573-323-4413 (closes 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday).
- Dent County Health Dept., 601 S. MacArthur, Salem 573-729-3106 (closes 4 p.m.)
- Dent County Fire Protection District, 2 S. Main St., Salem, 573-729-3250 (opens 9 a.m.)
- Kennett Fire Dept., Fire Station #2, 1701 First St., Kennett, 573-888-4412 (opens 9 a.m.)
- West Plains Fire Dept., 302 Jackie D. Garrett Drive, West Plains, 417-256-2424 (opens 9 a.m.)
- Iron County Health Dept., 606 W. Russell St., Ironton, 573-546-7121 (closed noon-12:30 p.m. daily; closes 4:30 p.m.)
- Madison County Health Dept., 806 W. College Ave., Fredricktown, 573-783-2747 (opens 9 a.m.)
- Mississippi County Health Dept., 1200 E. Marshal, Charleston, 573-683-2191 (opens 9 a.m.)
- New Madrid County Health Dept., 406 Highway 61, New Madrid, 573-748-5541 (opens 9 a.m.)
- Alton Police Dept.,105 W. Broadway, Alton, 417-778-6611 (closes 4 p.m.)
- Caruthersville Fire Dept., 104 E. Seventh St., Caruthersville, 573-333-2353 (opens 9 a.m.)
- Perry County Health Dept., 406 N. Spring St., Perryville, 573-547-6564 (closes 4:30 p.m.)
- Reynolds County Health Dept., 2323 Green St., Centerville, 573-648-2498 (closes 4:30 p.m.)
- Doniphan Fire Dept., 124 W. Jefferson St., Doniphan, 573-996-7146 (opens 9 a.m.)
- Farmington Fire Dept., 104 W. Harrison, Farmington, 573-756-2324 (opens 9 a.m.)
- Ste. Genevive Fire Dept., 550 Pine Drive, Ste. Genevieve, 573-883-5400 (also, City Hall, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Wednesday)
- Sikeston Dept. of Public Safety, Fire Station #1, 301 N. West St., Sikeston, 573-475-3781 (opens 9 a.m.)
- Shannon County Health Dept., 110 Grey Jones Dr., Eminence, 573-226-3914 (7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)
- Dexter Fire Dept., Station #2, 301 Cooper St., Dexter, 573-624-3425 (opens 9 a.m.)
- Texas County Health Dept., 950 N. Hwy 63, Houston, 417-967-4131 (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday)
- Washington County Health Dept., 520 Purcell Drive, Potosi, 573-438-2164
The statewide list of drop off sites is available online.