May 5, 2003
On Saturday, May 10, Hawaii residents can rid their
homes of dangerous mercury by bringing mercury fever thermometers and
other mercury-containing devices to Kealakehe High School and Hilo High
School between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for safe collection.
Only items containing mercury will be
accepted at these drop-offs. The "Hawaii Mercury Clean-Up" is
sponsored in part by the Department of Health, Department of Education,
Hawaii Pharmacists Association, and the Hawaii Poison Center.
Turn-in your old thermometers during the "Mercury Clean Up" and
receive a coupon towards the purchase of new non-mercury thermometer
from one of these participating pharmacies: Longs Drugs, Hilo Pharmacy,
Ponahawai Pharmacy, Windward Pharmacy, Kaiser Hilo Pharmacy, Ululani
Pharmacy, IPC Pharmacy Hilo, KTA Puainako Pharmacy, Shiigi Drug Co.
Inc., Safeway Hilo Pharmacy, Liu’s Pharmacy Inc., Kaiser Kona
Pharmacy, KMart Pharmacies, KTA Keauhou Pharmacy, Kona Compounding
Pharmacy, Waikoloa Pharmacy, KTA Super Stores, Village Pharmacy-Waimea,
The Foodland Medicine Cabinet, Kealakekua Pharmacy, Oshima Drug,
Kamehameha Pharmacy, Ka’u Pharmacy, and Pahoa RX Pharmacy.
The mercury clean up is intended to remove mercury from the
municipal waste stream and to educate Hawaii residents about the
potential hazards posed by this toxic substance. Many common household
products - such as thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, switches and
button batteries - contain mercury. When these products are
incinerated, land filled or broken; the mercury can pollute the
environment. All of these products can - and should - be disposed of
properly at household hazardous waste collections or by calling a
licensed hazardous waste disposal company.
Exposure to mercury can cause damage to the nervous system, brain,
kidneys, liver and the immune system. If you suspect a mercury exposure
may have occurred, or for other suspected poisonings, call the Hawaii
Poison Center’s free 24-Hour hotline. On Oahu call 941-4411 and
Neighbor Islands toll-free 1-800-362-3585. To
find the hazardous waste collection site nearest you call the Hawaii
County Solid Waste Office at 961-8339.
For more information, contact
Department of Health