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.


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.