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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Recycling Mercury Vehicle Switches In Illinois

Recycling Mercury Vehicle Switches In Illinois

Beginning September 1, 2008, all mercury-containing switches from scrap or end-of-life vehicles must be removed prior to delivery of the vehicle to a scrap metal recycling facility, unless the switch is inaccessible due to significant damage to the vehicle in the area surrounding the location of the switch. This switch removal requirement went into effect because not enough mercury switches were collected for recycling under a voluntary program that was created in 2007. This guidance document explains Illinois' switch removal requirements, outlines the location of switches in different types of vehicles, and identifies recyclers.


Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

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July 2008

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