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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Michigan Mercury Switch Study

Michigan Mercury Switch Study

This report includes the results of a study conducted as the result of a cooperative effort between the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), and Schram Auto Parts, with the participation of the Ecology Center, the Sustainable Research Group, and the Kalamazoo County Household Hazardous Waste Center. The purpose of the study was to jointly conduct a cooperative project that evaluates the technical, logistical, and procedural factors associated with the removal of mercury convenience light switches from end-of-life vehicles and subsequent management of the switches. Although there have been many switch removal programs, information on switch removal is mostly anecdotal and little data exists. To address this gap, the study involved a systematic approach including a literature review and the collection of the following data: year, make, and model of vehicles entering recycling facilities; existence of light assembly and location (hood, trunk); assembly removal method; assembly removal time; pellet removal time; pellet condition; and percent of pellets containing mercury. (PDF Format; Length: 38 pages)



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December 19, 2002

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