Incidents of mercury contamination occur in Kansas and across the nation. Mercury spills are expensive to clean up, can upset your daily routine, and even affect your health. Young children and developing fetuses are especially susceptible to the adverse health effects of mercury exposure.
If you have free, elemental mercury in your home, you are encouraged to contact your local health department for the location of the nearest approved disposal station. When transporting mercury for disposal, always use an air-tight, non-breakable container. Businesses should make arrangements with their hazardous waste contractor, other commercial hazardous waste disposal firm, or recyclers to remove commercially-stored mercury. Contact KDHE at 1-800-282-9790 for mercury disposal guidance. For mercury spills, call KDHE at: (785) 296-1679.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) contain small amounts of mercury vapor and a broken CFL must be cleaned up carefully. The KDHE Bureau of Waste Management has information about use and disposal of spent CFLs.