How To Scrap Mercury, Sell Mercury, Recycle Mercury

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 buy paxil over the counter 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. 
  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!

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?))
  • Destroy your rings
Anonymous January 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm

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

george June 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm

i need some so send me your quotation on my email

Bill February 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm

George are you still interested in buying Mercury? I have some need to get rid of it

shane February 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm

180.00 a pound contact me at shaneham28@yahoo. Com Thanks.

Jane March 15, 2017 at 6:25 pm

Hi can mercury be sold in U.K. And if so how much can I get for it?

Michelle March 20, 2017 at 12:51 pm

I have ,2 nearly filled flasks of mercury. Would like to sell

Shane April 1, 2017 at 3:33 pm

I do not buy mercury I have some to sell for 180 a pound.

JOHNNY FONSECA September 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm


grant October 1, 2016 at 4:59 pm

I have 10 pounds of triple distilled mercury.

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

brandon January 27, 2014 at 8:07 pm

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

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

Bobby Cupola May 6, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Hi. . . I have had for years a glass jar aprox. 1 1/2 ” thick and filled 2 ” high with Mercury. . . . . Not having an exact weight, I would ask if you could give me a rough idea as to what the value might be . . . Thank You Bobby C.

willy May 6, 2014 at 8:05 pm

It all depends where you are from and how you get rid of it.In Canada they cry if you have it but it is worth money to the right person.

Manny January 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm

I have about 3-4 lbs.

Elizabeth Boyd March 14, 2017 at 6:09 pm

I guess it’s normal to find Mercury in your dad’s estate…..

I have 30+ LBs of 99% pure triple distilled Mercury I need to sell.

The Irrationalist January 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm

ive never done this myself, but check out

Ben Grof September 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm


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!


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.

Ben Grof September 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm

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


ScrapMetalJunkie September 16, 2011 at 12:39 am

I do not have current prices, unfortunately.

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.

ScrapMetalJunkie November 10, 2011 at 3:43 am

Sure, why not!

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..


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?

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?

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.



willy May 6, 2014 at 8:11 pm

i live in canada and i have a bunch and cant seem to sell it.They cry to much over here if you have let me know if you need any i might be able to get you 14lbs of it you pay for shipping and the price of it.

peter March 29, 2016 at 2:47 am

If you still have mercury cheap I will take 2.2 pounds.
Shipping to nsw Australia.

Alvin Hillmer October 9, 2013 at 1:03 am

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

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??

ScrapMetalJunkie January 14, 2012 at 5:45 am

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

Diane November 3, 2016 at 1:51 am

I have about 2 pounds

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.

Tiffany February 22, 2012 at 6:58 am

did you recycle mercury batteries (botton cells)?

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?

dan August 24, 2015 at 10:59 am

ive got 33 ml of murcury to sell

Manny January 6, 2016 at 2:20 pm

I have some for sale

Diane November 3, 2016 at 1:52 am

I have about 2 pounds

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

Hello, I have 5kinds of mineral,
1:mercurry the red one

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

Thanks inadvance

Bill October 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I have about 10 lbs of mercury i want to sell

missyloo November 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Jesus man! Where on Gods earth do you come up with ten pounds of mercury? If you aren’t so so so careful with that craps you’ll end up like a girlfriend of mines brothers losing their hair in their mid 20s and teeth turning chalky and falling out or breaking off. Damn that’s hot! Lol Happy Scrapping.
Well hell now that I think about it Ive probably got about that much too. Mine was for the gold leeching process though.

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

Bub March 28, 2014 at 7:18 pm

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

ray May 28, 2014 at 8:04 am

I have 6.25 pounds of liquid mercury triple distilled ,oozing for buyer , near detroit ,

William September 4, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Is there anyone in Oregon that has a small amount of mercury for sale – 1 pound or less?

amy January 27, 2016 at 7:00 am

i may have what you are looking for…email me with some prices and for how much you want to buy

Diane November 3, 2016 at 1:54 am

I have it. I could ship.

shane September 9, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Is it illegal to sell liquid mercury and if not is there some place in oklahoma to sell it email me please have about ten to fifteen lbs

chris November 30, 2014 at 8:44 am

I got two bottles of 99.9 percent pure liquid silver mercery I found never been open in original bottles I want to sell if interested call my cell 8326ll720233 Houston tx area0

Daniel Radcliffe January 18, 2015 at 2:05 pm

I work for a h.v.a.c. company in baltimore maryland and have a ton of liquid mecury I am trying to sell. If anyone knows anyone who buys it please let me know.

Roger February 9, 2015 at 12:35 pm

I have a red mercury gram 10 up 15,
from army of my country ,I don’t know where can selling it,
please let me know about it ,because as young men ,

Charles October 4, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Anyone know of Mercury buyers in the Houston area?

Bracy June 10, 2016 at 2:34 pm

No, because I have 8+ lbs. in North East Texas I would like to sell.

Brian January 28, 2016 at 8:21 pm

Hello , I have 30 lbs of triple distilled lab grade mercury, 3 10 lb bottles. I am very aware of the prices of mercury, so, please do not contact , unless ethical, willing to let me know what you want it for. I am willing to sell only full bottles. Not willing to break seals. If you can meet my requests, I will be willing to sell at a very reasonable prices.

Donald June 8, 2016 at 1:41 pm

I have approximately 40# of Mercury in glass jars. What’s it worth and who wants it?

Natalie June 25, 2016 at 11:18 pm

While going through my grandfathers house after he passed, I found a sealed jar of liquid mercury in his workshop in the basement. I’m not exactly sure , but it’s at least 10-12oz. Obviously as I’m reading the comments on this site, there are buyers and sellers for it so I’m just wondering if someone can tell me what the value of that amount of Mercury would be

nicholas July 16, 2016 at 3:55 am

i am in kenya.i have a oval stove jar with white and red mercury in it.its about 2kgs.mail me at mutwirimwiti5@gmail for further jokers allowed

Jogoo July 30, 2016 at 1:08 am

Hey Guys! If You Are Not In The Know, Do Not Fool Around On This Page.

Suds August 23, 2016 at 11:06 pm

Are any buyers in the Phoenix Arizona area? Please use my Email for response.

Jenifer Rowe August 26, 2016 at 6:57 pm

Hi we found 9 pounds of dental grade liquid mercury that we would like to dispose of.

shane February 22, 2017 at 3:32 pm

180.00 a pound pure , contact at shaneham28@yahoo. Com

shane March 4, 2017 at 9:00 pm

I Have some for sale I except PayPal 180.00 a pound contact

Ridwan Arifin February 18, 2017 at 8:21 pm

We are selling of Pure Liquid Silver Mercury from Indonesia. We have our own raw material source which is mined and processed by experienced manufacturers. The production capacity around 5 tons per week. Without reducing our respect for all of our customers, we are selling by cash on pick up only. Buyers can come our office address by appointment only. Save my mail address ( and/or mobile number +62811184394 (whatsapp & viber are available).

David Edmunds February 20, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Hi We are based in the UK. We have 6 kg of mercury that we wish to dispose of. Any companies that pay a sensible amount for it please let us know. Sensible offers welcomed.

shane February 22, 2017 at 3:41 pm

Hear this Edmond, mercury is legal to possess and handle and buy. Check s the science company on the net..As long as you have a msds sheet supplied buy your buyer or purchaser, it goes where it goes and it gives all hazmat and other handling info on it. Also it ships ground and it is not cheap, especially at the science company mercury, it’s actually 139.00$ a half pound.

donald March 4, 2017 at 8:27 pm

I have 40#in glass. have offered before. no this a bs. site or what? willing to sell without problem but need to know who and where.

EP March 4, 2017 at 9:18 pm

I still have 10 vials totaling over 8 lbs and will sell for $50 per pound. Located in NE Texas.

Joe March 12, 2017 at 12:38 pm

We have some liquid Mercury like 5 pounds need to sale don’t know who to speak with about this .

Yvette March 13, 2017 at 6:54 pm

MERCURY 4 sale,email me if interested…

Jason March 22, 2017 at 11:51 am

I’m in need of some mercury for my periodic table. I’m trying to teach my daughter that and need element samples.

Jason March 22, 2017 at 11:53 am

Email me if you can send me some mercury for my periodic table. I’m teaching this to my daughter and I’m in need of element samples.

Shane April 1, 2017 at 3:36 pm

I have some to sell 180$ per pound.

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