National program approves $1 bounty for mercury switch removal

Oct 13, 2006 | 12:36 PM | Paul Schaffer

The federally endorsed program for removal of mercury switches from defunct vehicles will soon be offering $1-per-switch incentives to auto dismantlers in more than 35 states, barring an unexpected glitch in how the project plays out in the first few jurisdictions.

The goal is to offer such payments in all states that haven't already set up their own bounties for auto wrecker yards. The system will cover mercury-containing switches removed from cars and trucks since Sept. 12 through retroactive payments.

The trustees in charge of the $4-million fund, sponsored by the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program, chose the $1 bounty option unanimously, according to Eric Harris, director of governmental and international affairs at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).....

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