NEVER use a vacuum to clean up mercury. If you have a mercury spill, contact one of the following immediately
for cleanup procedures:

Illinois Department of Public Health
(217) 782-5830

Illinois EPA Collection
(217) 524-3300
These departments will also answer any questions related to mercury spills, management or removal.

SWANCC has established a Residential Mercury Thermometer/Thermostat Recycling in member communities.

Thermometer, switch and thermostat disposal:
Chicago Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility
1150 N North Branch St, Chicago
Operated by the City of Chicago and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
Tuesdays: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Thursdays: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
1st Saturday of month: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Residential waste only (no business or commercial sector waste).
Accepts thermometers, switches and thermostats.
This facility accepts many additional items for recycling. See site for details.

Full-service environmental management company:
R3 Environmental Management
1050 East Chicago Ave, Elgin
(847) 488-1492
Mercury may also be taken to Household Chemical Waste events.

Pill Bottles:

Updated 10-16-18