Safe Disposal of Medication, Syringes, & Mercury

Disposal of medication and syringes can be safely done at the following locations:

  • Rockport Police Department at 168 Main Street/Route 127, Rockport (in lobby)
  • Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester (in main entrance)

Disposal of mercury can be safely done at the following locations:

  • The DPW Office/Town Hall, 34 Broadway
  • The Transfer Station, 5 Blue Gate Lane

Mercury is one of the most toxic and environmentally damaging elements we encounter in day to day use. Disposal of this liquid metal often involves federal, state, and local laws.   The following products contain mercury and should be disposed of properly.  

  • Fluorescent light bulbs and lamps, including compact fluorescent lamps, tubes, high-intensity discharge lamps and tanning lamps.
  • Batteries (external link) can contain toxic metals such as mercury, cadmium, lead and nickel
  • Thermometers used in monitoring body temperature
  • Medical equipment such as blood pressure measuring devices (sphygmomanometers), esophageal dilators, and fever thermometers 
  • Thermostats used to regulate heating and cooling systems in homes and commercial buildings sometimes
  • Car switches and some anti-lock braking systems (PDF) can contain mercury
  • Jewelry can sometimes contain mercury
  • Appliances and 'white goods' (chest freezers, washing machines, gas ranges and gas hot water heaters contain mercury switches)

    For questions about the safe disposal of these mercury-related items, please call the DPW Office at 978-546-3525.