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Why We Don't Accept Materials Containing Mercury at Scrap Iron Houston

Mercury metal

At Scrap Iron Houston you may ask why we don’t accept material containing mercury. We simply can’t because they are dangerous. Beyond paying the most possible for your recycled materials, safety and environmental responsibility are at the core of our operations. We strive to protect both our workers and the environment. Plus we know that recycling industrial scrap iron or commercial scrap iron recycling helps bring sustainable practices to Houston. One crucial aspect of this commitment is our strict policy against accepting materials containing mercury.

Mercury, a toxic heavy metal, poses serious health and environmental risks as outlined succinctly by many city governments and environmental agencies such as the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). It is commonly found in various items, including thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, and certain electronic devices. While these items may seem harmless on the surface, their mercury content can have far-reaching consequences if not handled properly.

Mercury metal
Common items that may contain mercury
  • Thermometers
  • Switches and Thermostats
  • Bulbs: Fluorescent, high-intensity discharge (HID) & neon lamps
  • Batteries
  • Paints
  • Shoes & boots w/safety lights: Some athlietic shoes with flashing light in the the soles
  • Pesticide containers
  • Medical Products
  • Blood Pressure Gauges
  • Microwave Ovens
  • Barometers

One primary reason we refuse materials containing mercury is the potential harm it poses to our workers. Exposure to mercury vapor can lead to severe health issues, including respiratory problems, neurological damage, and kidney failure. By rejecting materials with mercury, we prioritize the well-being of our team members, ensuring a safe working environment for all.

Moreover, mercury is known to have detrimental effects on the environment. When improperly disposed of, it can contaminate soil, water, and air, leading to long-term ecological damage. Scrap Iron Houston and our parent organization Gulf Coast Scrap Metal are dedicated to preventing the release of harmful substances into the environment. Our refusal to accept mercury-containing materials aligns with our mission to promote sustainability and protect the delicate ecosystems surrounding Houston and the Gulf Coast.

By adhering to our strict guidelines and regulations for acceptable metals for recycling, we contribute to the overall well-being of the community and support the global effort to mitigate the impact of hazardous materials. Scrap Iron Houston encourages individuals and businesses to dispose of mercury-containing items responsibly by utilizing designated dangerous materials disposal facilities.

The risks and dangers of accepting material containing mercury at Scrap Iron Houston are simply too high. Our steadfast decision not to accept materials containing mercury underscores our unwavering commitment to safety, health, and environmental stewardship. At Scrap Iron Houston, we believe that responsible practices today pave the way for a sustainable and secure future for generations to come. To learn more call us at 713-868-4111, or stop by we're conveniently located in the Heights at 8770 Hempstead Road.