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February 2007

Manager for mercury recovery program chosen

End of Life Vehicle Solutions (ELVS) has contracted EQ, The Environmental Quality Company, to be the nationwide program manager for the mercury switch program and to ensure mercury switches are properly recycled.

Retrieving the switches before vehicles are melted down will keep an estimated 32 metric tons of mercury out of the environment. ELVS was created by the automotive industry to promote the industry’s environmental efforts in recyclability, education and outreach, and the proper management of substances of concern.

Auto dismantlers and others who recover switches will submit them to EQ for proper management.

Steelmakers and those who produce steel scrap for steelmaking use will promote participation in the program and also act to ensure mercury switches are removed.

ELVS, through EQ, provides dismantlers with storage buckets for the collection of automotive mercury switches.

Dismantlers remove the switches and place the mercury in the provided bucket. Once the bucket is ready for shipment, the dismantler contacts EQ who will in turn arrange for no-cost shipping of the switches. EQ will then facilitate the recycling of the mercury switches.

This is a continuous growth process that continues to move forward with its national effort to educate vehicle dismantlers on switch removal by providing a DVD and written instructions on the removal and recycling of mercury switches. More information can be found at www.elvsolutions.org.


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