Since mercury prevents the growth of fungus, it was regularly used in latex paints made before 1992. Upon application, mercury vapors were released into the air. Old paint cans should be turned in to qualified recycling centers, not simply discarded. All latex paints made after 1992 are mercury free.

Mercury in Products

Many common household products contain mercury. Click on the images below to find out more about each one. And if you have one of these items, please don't toss them into the trash! Please dispose of them properly at a drop-off location or as instructed by your municipality.