Mercury Roundup is a mercury collection program focused on educating residents about the many products that were manufactured with mercury — as well as the importance of their safe disposal. Mercury is a toxic heavy metal, harmful to both ecosystem and human health, but was used in the manufacture of products such as thermostats, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, and a variety of switches used in residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Humans have increased the base level of mercury contamination in the global environment by 300%, so it remains vital for us to minimize mercury pollution from the improper disposal of older, and often forgotten, mercury products.
Mercury Roundup works directly with participating municipalities to collect and safely manage the mercury products that may still be lingering in people’s homes, garages, and workplaces. The program is currently active in the City of Peterborough, City of Barrie, Region of Peel, and County of Simcoe — with more municipalities to come — and has recovered over 1,127 mercury products, weighing 355.5 kg, to date.