Northshore mercury roundup

Residents of Silver Bay and Babbitt are invited to turn in their old mercury-laden products and old electronics — free of charge — during two events sponsored by Cliffs Natural Resources’ Northshore Mining operations.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in Silver Bay — and 9 a.m. to noon June 18 in Babbitt — you can drop off the following items from your home, small business or nonprofit organization:

  • Mercury containing fluorescent bulbs, tilt switches, mercury thermometers.
  • Gas range pilot safety shutoffs. Electronic waste accepted includes computers, towers, printers, stereos (but not speakers) cell phones, computer monitors (two each,) TVs (two each,) circuit boards and microwave ovens.

The effort provides a free way for people to safely dispose of items that can be environmentally harmful if not disposed of properly.

The Silver Bay event is at John’s Sanitary, 15 Golf Course Drive. The Babbitt event is at the city recycling bin area on North Drive, under the city water tower.

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