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EPA Auto Salvage Guide: Mercury Switches Mobile App

Mercury is a highly toxic metal and is often found in vehicle hood and trunk light switches. During crushing or shredding, mercury can be released into the environment, polluting water and soil. Mercury can also be released to the air when steel mills melt metal from scrapped autos. Although the amount of mercury in each switch is relatively small (about one gram), the potential amount of mercury released into environment annually from auto recycling can total thousands of pound Use the EPA Auto Salvage Guide: Mercury Switches mobile app to ensure your salvage yard is in compliance. GoCanvas give you the freedom to select how you want the date in your submissions headers.

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    The Environmental Compliance Guide for Motor Vehicle Salvage Yards and this checklist highlight t...

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    Mercury is a highly toxic metal and is often found in vehicle hood and trunk light switches.

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    During crushing or shredding, mercury can be released into the environment, polluting water and s...

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    Although the amount of mercury in each switch is relatively small (about one gram), the potential...

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    There are no current mandatory EPA requirements to remove mercury switches at all auto recycling ...

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    By removing switches at your salvage yard, you play an important role in keeping mercury out of t...

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    Mercury is found in a small glass or metal capsule within hood and trunk light switches.

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    A list of vehicles that are known to contain mercury switches can be found on U.

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    The actual mercury switch is the small, bullet-shaped metal or glass capsule that forms the base ...

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    *** IMPORTANT ***

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    When removing switches, work very carefully to ensure that the capsule containing the liquid merc...

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    Mercury switches should be removed before the vehicle is crushed.

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    The basics for removal include (1) cutting the power supply wire attached to the base of the ligh...

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    A number of car manufacturers have published easy-to-understand fact sheets that outline the proc...

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    Properly storing switches after removal is very important, not only for the protection of the env...

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    For basic storage, remember the following:

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    Collect mercury switches in a well-sealed, leak-proof, heavy, plastic container.

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    Clearly mark your storage container so employees know what’s in it and can take precautions to pr...

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    Store the mercury switch container in a safe area, away from heavy traffic and in an area where t...

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    Do not use tin or aluminum containers because mercury may combine with these metals and leak thro...

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    NEVER break open mercury switches and try to remove the liquid mercury yourself!

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