Protecting Public Health and the Environment.

Mercury-Free Zone Program for Schools

By signing up as a Mercury-Free Zone your school pledges to keep mercury out of your school and the environment by:

  • Inventorying the mercury and mercury-containing devices in your buildings
  • Recycling mercury and mercury-containing devices and clearly labeling contained immobile mercury-containing devices such as mercury switches on electrical equipment
  • Purchasing or otherwise obtaining non-mercury substitutes and giving preference to low-mercury fluorescent light bulbs or LED light bulbs (currently fluorescent light bulbs are not available without mercury)
  • Conducting an education program about mercury for students, faculty, and staff
  • Prohibiting the future purchase or re-introduction of mercury and mercury-containing devices, except for fluorescent bulbs
  • Handling and storing fluorescent light bulbs safely

Program Materials

Staff Contacts

Pollution Prevention Projects Coordinator
Ben Jarvis
DEQ State Office
Director's Office
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0146

DEQ Resources

Related Pages

How to Prevent a Mercury Spill at Your School