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Marathon County health officials exchanging mercury thermometers for new models


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - Marathon County health officials are working to remove mercury from your home by getting rid of old thermometers.

The county has set up a number of trade in sites to exchange old, mercury thermometers for newer digital versions. Environmental health and safety director Dale Grosskurth says it's an effort that many county and municipal departments are working towards. "The solid waste department's hazardous waste facility allows us to take these products to be disposed of properly." The effort is also backed by the Wausau and Rib Mountain water departments.

Grosskurth says the county is working to prevent the leakage of mercury into homes and the environment. "It doesn't take a lot to contaminate a car or a home, and it can be very involved to remove mercury." But it's not just thermometers that they're working to collect. The department is also working with dentists, manufacturers and contractors to try and reduce mercury waste.

You can find a list of locations from the health department's website.