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Disposal Ban

  • Motor vehicle switches, mercury-added lamps, mercury (and non-mercury) batteries, thermostats


  • None

Product Ban

  • Thermometers and novelties (Note: 2002 Corrections Bill would exempt products whose only mercury is in a button cell),
  • Cars with mercury light switch
  • Mercury thermostats (as of January 1, 2006)
  • Mercury switches and relays (as of July 1, 2006) except for replacement in equipment already on market and for equipment refurbished for resale. NOTE: Manufacturer must notify state if it plans to sell replacement switches and refurbished equipment. Manufacturers also may apply for an exemption from sales ban on new products
  • Mercury levels in "general purpose lights" must be in compliance with thresholds established in the 2003 European RoHS Directive
    (DIRECTIVE 2002/95/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 27 January 2003 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.)  Extended compliance dates granted for certain fluorescent and HID lamp types.  

Manufacturer Collection/Recycle

  • Manufacturers, either individually or collectively, must establish and maintain a program for out-of-service mercury-added thermostats


  • None



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