How To Scrap Mercury, Sell Mercury, Recycle Mercury

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Mercury when in the wrong hands, can create all sorts of problems. So let me start off by telling you to always be aware of where your mercury is. Do not dispose of it in any conventional way, whatsoever. You need to take mercury containing objects to a recycling center.

Before you read this, let me make it entirely clear. You SHOULD NOT MESS AROUND WITH MERCURY. The only reason I have written this post is to show those who are dumb enough to try it the most proper way to do so. PLEASE DON’T DO IT!  Mercury easily becomes airborne and when entered into the body will slowly kill you. It takes days for you to notice, and before you can do anything it is too late. Proper mercury disposal should be done at a recycling center, and only a recycling center. 

Before you even touch mercury, take off all jewelry, as mercury will eat away and dissolve in silver and gold, literally ruining it. Mercury will ruin your gold rings, did you know! 

Despite it’s bad reputation, mercury (Hg) is a very useful and necessary metal (like uranium, sort of). When taken care of responsibly, it is no more dangerous than lead (Pb). (A few years back, my son’s entire school was closed for a day because a child broke a mercury thermometer in science class the day before, but that’s another story.)

Mercury can be commonly found in Hg thermometers, Hg switches, Hg batteries, and as a gas in fluorescent tubing. It only takes a little volume to have a pound, as mercury is denser than lead but not quite as dense as gold. 
So what to do with your mercury, weither it is in a switch, a glass tube, or what have you.
  1. Find a small coffee can with a air tight lid. NOT AN ALUMINUM CONTAINER! 
  2. Clean out the can.
  3. Weight the can
  4. Break open your mercury containing device.
  5. Carefully allow all mercury to flow into the can. 
  6. MARK IT AS DANGER/HAZARD/TOXIC SO NOBODY MISTAKES IT FOR COFFEE AND DRINKS IT! 
  7. Save it in the can until you have repeated the above steps for all mercury containing things you own. 
  8. Weight the can+mercury, and subtract the weight of just the can. Now you now how much mercury you have!
  9. 1 pound of mercury is about 2.25 tablespoons. 1 Gallon of mercury weights 115 pounds!


Pouring liquid mercury bionerd How To Scrap Mercury, Sell Mercury, Recycle Mercury
Things to do with your new found poison/commodity:
  • Sell on craigslist (Be sure to read up on local laws regarding selling mercury) Remember: keep the mercury in an AIR TIGHT CONTAINER!
  • Save for cool science experiments! Mercury is about as fun as it is dangerous. 
  • Slip it into an enemy’s drink. (just kidding…(or am I?))
  • REFINE GOLD! 
  • Destroy your rings

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous January 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm

How or where can I find a buyer for a significant amount of mercury? Many flasks.

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george June 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm

i need some so send me your quotation on my email

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JOHNNY FONSECA September 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

PLEASE SEND ME PRICE FOR EACH FLSK OF MERCURY RESPOND IMMEDIATELY PLEASETHANK YOU

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patrick i.joseph September 9, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I need some body to buy my 250drops of mercury and diamond,interesting buyer can reach me on my email…am from Nigeria and a sincere buyer is needed only

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brandon January 27, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Ill buy it no prob..depending on price obviously…thanks

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Patrick. behan January 31, 2014 at 1:07 am

I have slightly over a pound in a baby food jar in my garage I have no idea what it’s worth but I’ll sell it I have heard some unbelievable numbers give me one of them

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The Irrationalist January 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm

ive never done this myself, but check out http://www.virginmercury.com/purchasing-importing.html

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Ben Grof September 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Hi,

So I am interested in getting into scrapping metal. I have been doing it for years in small scale. I would like to know where you got those scrap prices? Where can you take computer parts and get that kind of place. It would be great if you could get me large companies that would be willing to take large amounts of those components. Are the prices of the computer parts per pound or per unit. Please label the axis better. I am really interested!

Thanks

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ScrapMetalJunkie September 16, 2011 at 12:43 am

The prices are in units of pounds. The precious metals are priced per troy ounce.

If you are looking for a scrap buyer, you will need to find one that is close to your area. Check out my write up on scrap computers for more information.

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Ben Grof September 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Another question. can you get the prices for LI, NmH, NiCd. batteries?

Thanks

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ScrapMetalJunkie September 16, 2011 at 12:39 am

I do not have current prices, unfortunately.

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maximilian Luhanga November 8, 2011 at 10:16 am

Hi…………,in my our forest Land there are some minerals like Mercury,green tamalen,rubi,diamond,gold and so many …..will u please arrange to visit in Tanzania for father investigations?
hope to hear soon from you..i wish you a good day.

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ScrapMetalJunkie November 10, 2011 at 3:43 am

Sure, why not!

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Maximilian Luhanga November 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Hi..thank you for replying my message.Due to seriousness of my message i aspect to hear much from you.
You reply very simple with less seriousness.If you are interested on this contact me through my email.
Hope to hear soon from you..

T H A N K S

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DTUndercover August 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

hey buds if your interested ill trade you a nice big bridge in san fran for your land in tanz… lol so many idiots… so few bullets… jk… idk why people even bother with trying to con people like that… are there really people out there dumb enough to fall for it?

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Steve November 22, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I have a small bottle of mercury im in Missouri, is there a scraping co. around or buyer?

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Nick September 19, 2012 at 12:45 am

Hey I’ve a buddy in Missouri that would be willing to take it off of you if you still have it. Please advise what amount it is and I can have him call you for you guys to set up meeting.

Thanks

Nick

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Alvin Hillmer October 9, 2013 at 1:03 am

have a 240 cc bottle liquid mercury to sell.
How to and what is value?

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Charlie January 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

I have some mercury that i want to sell, but not sure on how to go about it. I live in Australia so i’m not sure if i’m even allowed to have it. any info??

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ScrapMetalJunkie January 14, 2012 at 5:45 am

These types of sales are best done on a small scale, in cash.

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Franklin February 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I am an electrician and have always saved even the smallest amount of copper. I took some float switches apart and carefully removed the mercury and stored it in a small plastic sample bottle. Is that ok? I also have been saving the contacts out of motor starters, what percent silver are they. Is there a market for the mercury or the motor contacts? Thanks, your help is greatly appreciated.

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Tiffany February 22, 2012 at 6:58 am

did you recycle mercury batteries (botton cells)?

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Michael Martin September 22, 2012 at 5:17 am

I’m looking to acquire 1 – 2 fl oz of Mercury for a motorcycle carburetor synchronizer. Does anyone know where I can get it or does anyone have any to sell?

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Hussen abdi garene April 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Hello, I have 5kinds of mineral,
1:mercurry the red one
2:green-garanate
3:aquamarine
4:tollmarine
5;green-opel

For father information u can contact me on the aboved email adress,

Thanks inadvance

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Bill October 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I have about 10 lbs of mercury i want to sell

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sai October 25, 2013 at 11:33 am

if any one swallowed the liquid mercury for a 100 grams or 150 grams amount will they die immediately? what will happen? if the people swallowed? they will get instant death or late death?

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Patrick. behan December 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I have had a baby food jar full of liquid mercury for four years sitting on a shelf in my workshop is it worth anything it seems like it has condensed about 1/4 inch but it’s still three quarters full and about a pound and a half I have no use for this and if it’s worth anything I will sell it

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Kyle January 14, 2014 at 3:38 pm

The recommendations on this page are misleading and also illegal. Elemental Mercury is a hazardous waste and cannot be legally transported on public roads or sold. Elemental Mercury in devices that are intended to be disposed of are Universal Waste and need to be handled as per outlined in in Federal and State regulations. Secondly, elemental mercury is not volatile and is not vaporized very easily. Organic mercuries are highly toxic and volatile.

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Geoff January 16, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Why do Americans always assume that everything on the internet is about America!
Your Federal and State regulations do not apply to any country other than America.
In my country i can and do transport Mercury legally.
Yes, it is hazardous but so are a lot of other things.
I can remember being at school and being allowed to handle mercury, rolling it around in my hands and having a great laugh with the stuff. I’m still here with no ill effects.

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willy February 4, 2014 at 11:17 am

I am looking into how to sell my 14 lbs of liquid mercery or liquid steel id you cam help me that would be cool.I do live in canada and everyone freeks when you say you have it it is kinda funny but i also know it is worth some money.

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Bub March 28, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Looking for recycler in New Mexico, nobody really advertises for Hg; would appreciate some input.

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