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Disposal Ban

  • Thermostats, thermometers, switches, appliances, gauges, lamps, medical or scientific instruments, fluorescent or high intensity discharge lamps, and electric relays
  • No ban on batteries


  • Retailers selling fluorescent lamps must post at point of sale a notification in minimum 36 point type, as follows: "Fluorescent bulbs save energy and reduce environmental pollution. Note: Fluorescent bulbs contain a small amount of mercury and must be recycled at the end of their use. Contact your county or utility for recycling options."
  • Thermostats, thermometers, switches other than in a car, appliances, medical and scientific measuring instruments: electric relays; fluorescent or high intensity discharge lamps, individually or as part of another product
  • No labels for batteries, products with batteries, and cars with switches
  • Labels for lamps approved by another IMERC State shall be considered in compliance with MN requirement
  • Lamp Wholesalers must provide information on spent lamp management

Product Ban

  • Ban on mercury thermostats, medical measuring devices, and mercury diostats.
  • Mercury content in BCs not to exceed 25 mg

Manufacturer Collection/Recycle

  • Required for high intensity discharge lamps, products with displacement relays
  • Manufacturers of mercury-containing thermostats - or thermostats that may replace mercury-containing thermostats - are responsible for the costs of collecting and managing the replaced mercury-containing thermostats to ensure that the thermostats do not become part of the solid waste stream. Manufacturers must provide financial and nonfinancial incentives to purchasers and consumers to promote thermostat recycling. Industry thermostat collection program must report annually MN PCA on the operation of the program, eligibility, participants, and the number of thermostats collected by each participant.
  • Utilities that serve more than 200,000 must provide system for collecting spent fluorescent and high-intensity discharge lamps from households and from small businesses


  • None



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