Mercury was once used in a wide variety of household and consumer goods. We know better now: it’s a highly toxic chemical. But that doesn’t mean people don’t accidentally toss mercury-containing items into the trash. In this new trailer for our Mercury Roundup program, we explain how this substance can, when not properly recycled, re-appear in our food chain, contaminating the fish we eat as well as our land, soil, and water.
Mercury that ends up in landfill doesn’t magically disappear. Instead, it re-enters the natural ecosystem and poses a very potent threat to human and animal life. Thanks to the Mercury Roundup program, and with essential financial support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Scout is partnering with forward-thinking municipalities to put an end to mercury contamination. Specifically, we’re reminding residents that they can bring any mercury-containing product to their local Household Hazardous Waste Depot for safe recycling, eradicating that dangerous chemical for good.
Watch the Mercury Roundup trailer below to learn more, and please share widely!
Residents of the City of Barrie, the Region of Peel, City of Peterborough, and Simcoe County can head to www.MercuryRoundup.ca to see a full list of products that can contain mercury, as well as addresses for their local waste depots. If you don’t live in one of our partner municipalities, the site provides valuable information on mercury and what to do if you have it.
We also encourage you to get in touch: there may be partnership opportunities between Scout and your town or city! We are currently expanding the program and eager to speak to people, companies, and municipalities about mercury and waste reduction efforts in general.
It’s up to us to educate each other and act on that knowledge. Remember: every milliliter of mercury counts!