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 ProgramCity of American Canyon Corporation Yard205 Wetlands Edge Road, American Canyon | (707) 647-4550Monday – Friday 8am – 4pmReplacement of fever thermometers, mercury thermostats and disposal of mercury products for residents only. 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. 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. 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 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.