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We partner with ELVS to facilitate dismantlers' and recyclers' removal of automotive mercury switches before a vehicle is scrapped.  Mercury switch recycling reduces the amount of mercury entering the environment and better protect the planet. The ELVS program has been extended to July 1, 2027. 

ELVS: Helping to Keep Mercury Out of the Environment 

The ELVS program supports the auto industry's belief that the most important step in reducing the amount of mercury entering the environment from motor vehicles is to have the mercury switches removed from an end-of-life vehicle. Automakers phased out the use of these mercury switches in new vehicles after the 2002 model year. 

In operation since 2005, ELVS has facilitated the recycling of over 7 million mercury convenience light switches, containing a total of over 7.5 tons of mercury. The ELVS program recycled that mercury, preventing it from potentially being emitted into the environment. ELVS also provides educational outreach and promotes end-of-life vehicle recycling and proper management of substances of concern. 

ELVS Collection Buckets 

  • Order your free ELVS Mercury Switch Collection Bucket Kit by contacting Republic Services at (800) 495-6059 or elvsbuckets@usecology.com. Provide your contact information and the bucket size (small or large) you need. A collection bucket kit will be shipped to you via UPS. 
  • Please Note: Replacement buckets are not provided automatically. To receive a replacement bucket, contact Republic Services at (800) 495-6059 or elvsbuckets@usecology.com 10 days before you ship us your full collection bucket. Provide your contact information and the replacement bucket size (small or large) you need. A replacement bucket will be shipped to you via UPS.  
  • The ELVS program can be reached at (877) 225-ELVS or https://elvsolutions.org/ 

ELVS Mercury Switch Program Collection Reporting  

See collection reporting data on the ELVS Mercury Switch Program by year or by state. 


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