When we throw old items out in the trash they slowly make their way into the environment. Their impact on the environment directly affects people and birds. Mercury is an especially toxic material to throw out. There are options as to how to dispose them such as taking them to a hazardous waste disposal site. What items contain mercury? More than you might think.
The National Wildlife Federation’s Mercury Products Guide has a list showing items that contain mercury.
- Fever Thermometers
- Car doors and Refrigerator light switches
- Dryers and gas-fired stoves
- Curling irons
- Space Heaters
- Fluorescent bulbs
- Some computer monitor screens
- Portable phones
- Button and Camera batteries
Doing your part in protecting birds and the environment is something as simple as finding products that do not contain mercury, or just properly disposing them.