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End-of-Life Vehicle Solutions (ELVS), Vehicle Mercury Switch Recycling Program

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National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program - (NVMSRP)


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NVMSRP is made up of a collection of companies, associations, and agencies that share responsibilities under the volunteer mercury switch collection program.  The program is designed to encourage auto recyclers to remove mercury-containing switches from scrap or retired vehicles.  The removal of automotive mercury switches is projected to reduce up to 75 tons of mercury emissions over the next 15 years.

In 2006, approximately 240,000 mercury switches were removed from vehicles and recycled in 25 states.  The mercury from these switches is estimated to weigh 530 lbs.  To find out more about this volunteer program or to participate in the removal of mercury-containing switches go to


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South Dakota has several participants who have volunteered to remove mercury switches from automobiles.  We hope that the volunteer mercury switch program is successful in this state as well as the rest of the US. 






Businesses That Recycle Vehicle Mercury Switches

For a list of businesses that recycle vehicle mercury switches, go to Businesses Accepting Recyclables.

For more information on the regulatory requirements pertaining to recycling, contact DENR by e-mail or by calling (605) 773-3153.