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January 2007

Canadian auto makers follow U.S. mercury switch program

Toronto— Member companies of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association will be implementing a national program for the collection of mercury-containing switches from vehicles when they reach the end of their useful life.

Mark Nantais, President of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association said, "The motor vehicle industry has already phased-out mercury switches such as convenience lighting and anti-lock brake applications as of January, 2003. The national collection program fashioned after a similar program now in operation in the United States involving all key parties will be designed to capture the remaining switches from vehicles at the point where they will be recycled."

To encourage proper removal and disposal, auto manufacturers have produced and made available to vehicle dismantlers and recyclers, educational materials explaining the need to remove mercury-containing switches and to provide guidance on the proper removal of the switches prior to recycling vehicle hulks at steel mills.

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