Got an old, mercury-filled thermometer that you need to get rid of? There’s an opportunity.

Got an old, mercury-filled thermometer that you need to get rid of? There’s an opportunity.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has set up several mercury drop-off sites, the nearest of which is at the Kansas City Household Hazardous Waste Center, 4707 Deramus in East Bottoms. From Front Street, go north on Chouteau Trafficway and then east on Deramus.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. The number is 816-784-2082. DNR’s campaign runs through Oct. 22.

Items that can be dropped off include thermometers, thermostats and switches, and blood-pressure cuffs. The program does not take compact fluorescent bulbs.

DNR suggests taking a good deal of care to make sure mercury – which is toxic when inhaled – doesn’t escape if items are broken during transit. The agency says to put the item in two zip-top bags and place that in a sealed container such as a coffee can or plastic margarine tub.

Those who have large amounts of mercury or who are uncomfortable transporting it can call 573-634-2436 to have the items picked up.