Meat Thermometer

Illegal in Garbage, Recycling & Drains
Contains Mercury
Hazardous Waste

If your thermometer contains mercury, you can take it to one of our hazardous waste facilities or to the facility listed below:

Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
889A Devlin Road, American Canyon  | 1-800-984-9661
Every Friday & Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM
Households: no appointment or fees
Business: appointment only; fees charged

City of American Canyon Mercury Elimination Program
City of American Canyon Corporation Yard
205 Wetlands Edge Road, American Canyon | (707) 647-4550
Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm
Replacement of fever thermometers, mercury thermostats and disposal of mercury products for residents only.

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How to Check for Mercury

A silver, metallic liquid will be visible from inside the bulb or vial if the thermometer contains mercury. If it does contain mercury, do not throw it away.

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Never Throw Away Vintage Thermometers

Vintage meat thermometers are more likely to contain mercury, so should never be thrown away. Instead, dispose of these as Household Hazardous Waste.

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Digital Thermometers Are E-Waste

Remove batteries and dispose of them by following these instructions. Then, you can recycle the rest of the digital meat thermometers as e-waste because they contain small electronic parts.

Disposable and Analog Thermometers

Disposable and analog meat thermometers are mercury-free and so can be thrown in the trash.

Ways to Reduce

NO-mercury

Don't Purchase Mercury

If you purchase less mercury, there’s also less of a chance it can be improperly disposed of, which reduces the amount that can leach into lakes and rivers.