Mercury drop off site in Columbia

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services will be serving as a drop off site for any items or instruments containing mercury during the month of February.

Anyone interested in dropping off items are required to secure the items in two zip top bags and a sealed container.  Examples of a sealed container are coffee cans or plastic containers with lids.  Furthermore citizens have to call ahead before arriving with the items so than an Environmental Health Specialist can be prepared to meet him/her outside for the drop off.  The Health Department can be reached at 573-874-7346.

Compact fluorescent bulbs are not being accepted but the city has released a fact sheet on proper disposal of CFLs.  Examples of items being accepted are thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, and thermostats.

Drop offs should be made from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday or from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.  Any large items can be arranged for pick up by calling 573-634-2436.

The Missouri Department of Resources (DNR), sponser of the cleanup, will deliver all items collected to a contractor in Jefferson City, who will recycle or dispose of the rest.

Other drop off sites in Mid-Missouri include the Rolla Fire Department, the Sedalia Fire Department, the Callaway County Health Department and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.  Click here for a full list of drop off sites.


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