Mercury: municipal actions

In March 2005, the document Municipal Actions to Reduce Mercury (PDF; 2 MB) was published in order to help municipalities manage mercury-containing products and mercury sources found in their community. The document provides guidance on how to develop a Municipal Mercury Elimination Policy and Plan that will appropriately direct efforts to reduce mercury releases.

There are several municipalities looking at community-based programs for reducing mercury in landfills and wastewater, like the EcoSuperior program in Thunder Bay. Some municipalities have also developed sewer use by-laws to limit mercury releases from certain facilities such as dental practices. Municipalities may also have programs regarding mercury in hospitals, schools, municipal incinerators, and "take back" programs for thermometers.

Links about municipal actions are provided below.

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