Mercury program runs through Sept.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is sponsoring a free program designed to safely remove and dispose of mercury and mercury-containing devices from homes and facilities generating less than 55 pounds of hazardous waste per month.
Mercury has been widely used in thermometers, blood pressure manometers, switches and other products. Inhaling or ingesting mercury can cause irreversible damage to the brain, kidneys or to developing fetuses.
Items eligible for collection under the collection program include elemental mercury, mercury amalgams and mercury-containing devices.
Collection dates have begun and will run through September 13. To locate a collection site near you, visit kdheks.gov/waste or call (800) 282-9790.