Proper Disposal of Thermometers

A medical thermometer.

Thermometers are a common household item that can be responsibly disposed of without contributing to landfill waste. However, it's important to handle them with care due to the presence of mercury, which is a hazardous material.

If your thermometer is in good condition and still functioning, you can consider donating it to a local school, science lab, or medical facility that may have a use for it. Many educational institutions or healthcare facilities are often in need of thermometers for various purposes.

If the thermometer is broken or no longer working, it should not be thrown in the regular trash as it can release mercury into the environment. Instead, contact your local hazardous waste facility or recycling center to properly dispose of it. They will have the necessary equipment and processes to handle thermometers and mercury-containing materials safely.

Remember, it's crucial to handle thermometers with caution and avoid breaking them to prevent mercury exposure. If handled and disposed of responsibly, you can help protect the environment and ensure that the mercury from thermometers is safely managed.