How to Check for Mercury
A silver, metallic liquid will be visible from inside the bulb or vial if the thermometer contains mercury.
Do Not Put in Garbage
Thermometers containing either mercury or digital components should be disposed of as hazardous waste. Never throw them in the garbage.
Digital Thermometers Are E-Waste
Ways to Reduce
Don't Buy Mercury
Mercury is a highly toxic substance. Avoid purchasing mercury to reduce the amount that leaches into lakes and rivers.
Invest in Quality
To reduce waste, invest in a quality thermometer that will last a long time.