Air Products Incorporated
Air Products Pasadena Plant used mercury thermometers to monitor laboratory tests of product samples. The thermometers were replaced in 1989 with alcohol thermometers. The new thermometers provided the same required accuracy and operated over the desired temperature range.
The conversion eliminated two potential hazardous wastes, mercury and mercury contaminated debris.
Details of Reductions
Additional Information :
The cost of alcohol and mercury thermometers are about equal. The cost savings comes if one is broken. The alcohol thermometer does not require the expensive cleanup required of mercury thermometers. Cleanup and disposal of a broken mercury thermometer can average from $100 to $200.