Meat Thermometer

Illegal in Garbage & Drains
Contains Mercury
Hazardous Waste

How to Check for Mercury

A silver, metallic liquid will be visible from inside the bulb or vial if the thermometer contains mercury. If it does contain mercury, do not throw it away.


Never Throw Away Vintage Thermometers

Vintage meat thermometers are more likely to contain mercury, so should never be thrown away. Instead, dispose of these as Household Hazardous Waste.


Digital Thermometers Are E-Waste

Remove batteries and dispose of them by following these instructions. Then, you can recycle the rest of the digital meat thermometers as e-waste because they contain small electronic parts.

Disposable and Analog Thermometers

Disposable and analog meat thermometers are mercury-free and so can be thrown in the trash.

Ways to Reduce


Don't Purchase Mercury

If you purchase less mercury, there’s also less of a chance it can be improperly disposed of, which reduces the amount that can leach into lakes and rivers.