Results of collection of mercury thermometers and sphygmomanometers in major cities in Japan

In February, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment carried out a model project at pharmacies in 15 cities to collect mercury thermometers and sphygmomanometers stored at home and the results have been published recently.
During the month of February, a total of 15,294 mercury thermometers and 1,706 mercury sphygmomanometers were collected in 15 cities. This amounts to 104kg of mercury.

The following 15 cities carried out this project:
Hiroshima, Niigata, Sapporo, Hakodate, Maizuru, Akita, Kofu, Miyazaki, Gifu, Shizuoka, Kurume, Tsu, Higashimurayama, Morioka, and Yokkaichi.

The results were better than expected because the collection points were pharmacies located near general citizens and the pharmacies actively cooperated with the project.
In fiscal year 2016, 50 cities in Japan will carry out similar projects and pharmacies are expected to contribute greatly to the collection of products containing mercury.

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