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Mercury thermometer collection continues in Marathon County


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- Marathon County health officials continue their efforts to get mercury out of the community with their thermometer trade in program.

Environmental health and safety director Dale Grosskurth says the program is fairly simple. "We have seven sites that people can bring a mercury thermometer to, and in exchange for dropping off thermometers, they can get a digital thermometer, free." The county works with a number of agencies, including Marathon County Solid Waste and the Wausau and Rib Mountain water districts to help collect the mercury.

Collections were down this past year, according to Grosskurth. "Each year we monitor the number of thermometers we take in, and this year we had 4, which is the lowest we've had in the number of years we've had this program." But he says those numbers are always changing on what's going on in the community."

The department is also working with dentists, manufacturers and contractors to try and reduce mercury waste from fillings, electronics and other home appliances. If you think you have a mercury-containing thermometer, you can exchange it for a digital thermometer at one of the following locations.

Marathon County Health DepartmentWausau Fire DepartmentRothschild Municipal CenterRib Mountain Fire DepartmentSchofield Municipal CenterKronenwetter Municipal CenterMosinee City Hall