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Disposal of heavy metals #151311
10/04/06 01:40 AM
10/04/06 01:40 AM
PEdoubleNIZZLE  Offline OP
Joined: Jun 2004
Posts: 176
McKeesport, PA, USA
Kinda an OSD forum topic...

When you PROPERLY dispose of a hazardous product containing lead, mercury, etc, at a site that takes this sort of waste, how do THEY get rid of it? i.e. Do they put it in sealed containers and bury it in a mountain? I know it's a trivial question, but I'd like to know, and I haven't really found any answers by googling it.

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Re: Disposal of heavy metals #151312
10/04/06 07:11 AM
10/04/06 07:11 AM
LarryC  Offline
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 783
Winchester, NH, US
Mercury is usually recycled. There multiple companies that will take your fluoresent bulbs and reclaim, purify, and resell the mercury.

Lead, I do not know.

Re: Disposal of heavy metals #151313
10/04/06 09:02 AM
10/04/06 09:02 AM
gfretwell  Offline

Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 9,184
Greenpeace says we are exporting most of our heavy metal scrap to 3d world countries that do not have effective safety and environmental regulation because it can't be recycled here at a reasonable cost.
I think a lot of it simply gets dumped in the landfill. Certainly the stuff regular consumers generate like small quantities of flourecent tubes, consumer electronics and NiCad batteries end up there. Modern landfills are lined so the trash is usually fairly well sequestered.

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