The most effective way to protect human health and the environment from the effects of mercury contamination is to prevent mercury from being released in the first place. The proper collection, handling and recycling of mercury and mercury-containing products can greatly reduce environmental releases. Unfortunately, many people who routinely use mercury or mercury-containing products are unaware of the danger posed by the uncontrolled release of elemental mercury or mercury from the disposal of these products.
DES is reducing the release of mercury to the environment by working with several sectors in the Connecticut River Watershed to collect and recycle mercury and mercury compounds that may otherwise have been released to the environment. DES is performing outreach activities to educate individuals and businesses about the dangers of mercury, promoting proper handling and recycling of mercury containing products to prevent release, and encouraging these sectors to purchase non-mercury alternatives.
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