Mercury is a naturally occurring element found in rocks, soil, water and even air. It’s the only metal that takes on a liquid form at room temperature and is widely used in the manufactoring of for example lamps, batteries, thermometers, teeth filling and in the gold mining industry. Also residues of mercury often gets mixed with soil, drilling fluids and other bi-products when drilling for oil and gas.
WHY IS MERCURY A PROBLEM?
Mercury is highly toxic and industrial usage has often lead to leaches and contamination. Mercury exposure at any level can cause damage to the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, and immune system – basically everywhere! Humans are exposed to mercury mainly via contaminated food – especially sea food. Larger quantities of mercury are released when burning hazardous waste or f ex producing chlorine, as well as the improper treatment and disposal of products or wastes containing mercury. Mercury is also found within coal, so when coal is burned, huge amounts of mercury are released into the environment. Regardless of the specific source or method, mercury leaches into the atmosphere and eventually the eco system.
A complex problem is of course followed by complex solutions. Laws and regulations, better public awareness, development of new technologies and responsible high end recycling are important components that matters. As an example the EU takes action to protect citizens from mercury pollution. Since 2011 it is forbidden for EU members to export Mercury. There are also rules for storage and deposit as well as safe transport and handling and the Minamata convention on Mercury limits and prohibits the use of Mercury in products and industial processes as of 2020.
ON TRACK WITH MRT SYSTEM
Established in 1979 and first patent registered in 1978, MRT System was the first to introduce a complete recycling system considered to be top of the line when it comes to effiency, reliability and user friendliness. We also provide Distillers for Mining, Oil & Gas, Process industries, Soil sanitation as well as Lamp and Flat Screen recycling. MRT System will be a dedicated partner in taking one of the most important responsibilities of today – decreasing the mercury pollution.