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what would you do with 300# of liquid mercury

Post by bill jones » Sun Mar 06, 2005 9:20 pm

-A friend has acquired several large pieces of tubing that are filled with liquid mercury and have been used for racecar ballast.
-We know that it is hazardous material and probably controlled by the EPA, but is there someplace this could be sold?
-I looked up the cost of liquid mercury and it's something like $3400 a gallon.

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Post by hotrod » Mon Mar 07, 2005 3:23 am

According to my Chemical Dictionary a large portion of used mercury is reclaimed by re-distillation. Its uses include amalgams, as a catalyst, electrical components, explosive compounds, cathodes for production of Chlorine, and caustic soda, scientific instruments, Mercury vapor lamps, extractive metallurgy, mirror coatings, arc lamps etc.

I'd probabably start by calling around to scrap metal brokers that deal with exotic metals, or contacting major companies that use the stuff to find out who re-claims used mercury.

The other possibility would be to touch base with a major engineering college with a metallurgy department, to see if they know any contacts that would help. It used to be used in gold extraction, and dental amalgams so there may still be some companies serving those industries too.

A look at Thomas Register for mercury manufactures/refiners might find you a contact as well.

Best I can think of at the moment.

I can't believe someone used a liquid metal for a race car ballast, but if you can find the right outlet I would guess you cold get some money for it.

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Post by bill jones » Mon Mar 07, 2005 11:05 am

-I did some looking on the internet and found a place that showed the cost is $3400 a gallon so that sort of got my attention.
-My plans are to see if there's any realistic possibility to make any money during the disposal of it.

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mercury recovery

Post by hotrod » Mon Mar 07, 2005 1:09 pm

Found this fact sheet, looks like mercury recycling has pretty well glutted the market so companies that recycle it will take it off your hands and may even charge to do so --- does not look good !

www.epa.gov/region6/6pd/pd-u-sw/mercury.htm


http://www.metalworld.com/a/0165.html
http://www.bethlehemapparatus.com/page01.htm
http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate ... lities.htm

Simple google search on +mercury +recovery

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Post by bill jones » Mon Mar 07, 2005 2:49 pm

-from what investigation I've done this morning I've come to the same conclusion.

5-7

Post by 5-7 » Wed Apr 27, 2005 8:17 pm

Just keep it, just store it in a sealed, cool dry place 8)
Metallic mercury is not toxic; the organomercury compounds and vapor are deadly

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