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Mercury Switch Recycling Group Reaches MilestoneMercury Switch Recycling Group Reaches Milestone

Allan Gerlat

October 5, 2012

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Mercury Switch Recycling Group Reaches Milestone

A recycling organization has collected four and a half million mercury automotive switches as part of a national recovery program.

The End of Life Vehicle Solutions (ELVS) organization reached the milestone as part of the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program. ELVS is the partner responsible for collection, education and recycling of the automotive switches.

ELVS works with its partner, EQ – The Environmental Quality Co., to ensure that the mercury switches are properly recycled, the Wayne, Mich.-based EQ said in a news release.

Automakers stopped making switches with mercury in 2002, but millions remain in use. Mercury can be released into the environment when those vehicles are crushed.

The recovery program includes a commitment from automakers to take responsibility for the collection, transportation and recycling of the switches. Auto dismantlers recover the switches and submit them to EQ for processing.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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