Mercury-containing Switches and Relays

switchesMercury conducts electricity, and it moves quickly when tilted.  Thus, it has worked well in many types of electrical switches and in sometimes-large electrical relays.  Electronics and ball-bearing switches have replaced most of these applications, but, as with many other mercury-containing products, the legacy of mercury use lingers in remaining products and waste.

Mercury-containing Household Switches discusses the several types of electrical switches that may be found in the home.

Mercury Partnerships—Utilities discusses Washington's goals in regards to the larger switches and relays that electrical, gas and water utilities have.

Auto Switches focuses on the campaign to remove auto switches from end-of-life vehicles before they are melted for scrap.

Related information

Automotive Recyclers of Washington

End-of-Life Vehicle Solutions Corporation non-profit group run by the auto industry that assists in auto-switch reclamation and recycling