End-Of-Life Vehicle Program
Great Lakes United developed and presented a web conference called Getting the Mercury Out. The conference was a five-part series which laid out the background to the mercury in vehicles issue, overviewed mercury legislation and existing switch capture programs, and discussed the Michigan mercury switch study that was previously conducted.
Get the Mercury Out web conference
The web conference brought together leading mercury experts to discuss the current status of automotive mercury switches in North America and help develop the next steps to reducing this source of mercury pollution. Conference presenters included individuals from the Partnership for Mercury Free Vehicles, US and Canadian governments, local switch removal programs, and the Auto Manufacturers Alliance.
Over forty (40) participants took part in the five part series.
The overwhelming feedback from the web conference was that the current level of information on the use of automotive mercury switches and methods for removal and disposal is sufficient to the development of widespread automotive switch collection programs. Participants suggested more time and resources should be put towards setting up and running these programs, with more limited resources placed in research areas.
Addition Research Recommendations:
• Development of a performance standard, which would set out a numerical target for switch collection from capture programs. The Northeast Recycling Council is doing work in this area. This was highlighted as the number one need at this time by many of the web conference participants.
• Gathering further information on the use of mercury in anti-lock brakes, headlamps, and after market applications and the process for removal in these applications.
• The value of switch replacement in “live” vehicles is being proposed and studied by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. This information may be useful for other agencies planning similar programs.
• Development of retirement options for recovered mercury.
Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.
Organizations Receiving Funding
Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are receiving funding for this project.
Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.
Clean Air Foundation - Partner
201-1216 Yonge St.
Toronto, Ontario M4T1W1
p: 416-922-9038 Ext. 245
Ecology Center - Partner
117 N. Division St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
f: 734-663-2414 firstname.lastname@example.org
Environment Canada - Partner
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries - Partner
1325 G Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, District of Columbia 20005-3104
f: 202-626-0900 email@example.com
Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)
One East Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820
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