Mercury

Ionic, Compounds, and Metallic

Mercury compounds, aqueous solutions, and elemental Mercury:

  • Please keep dry solids separated from solutions.
  • A mercury concentration greater than or equal to 0.2 mg/AL is designated as hazardous waste and must be shipped off campus for disposal.
  • All anions of mercury compounds are accepted with the exception of mercury sulfide.
  • Ionic and metallic will go to a mercury recovery facility and retorted.

Mercury Metal Wastes

  1. For a Mercury Metal Spill, please see the 'Mercury Spill Clean-Up Procedures'.
  2. Collect waste mercury in a clean glass or plastic bottle with a tight sealing lid.
  3. Label as 'Mercury Waste'
  4. Separate from other chemical waste.
  5. Arrange for pick-up.

Mercury Safety & Disposal articles: