Important News: The ELVS Program has been extended to July 1, 2027.

ELVS: Helping to Keep Mercury Out of the Environment

The End of Life Vehicle Solutions Corporation (ELVS), in partnership with US Ecology, encourages automotive salvage facilities to remove and recycle mercury switches prior to scrapping a vehicle. This program supports the auto industry's belief that the most important step that can be taken to reduce the amount of mercury entering the environment from motor vehicles is to have the mercury switches removed at the vehicle's end-of-life. 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 program recycled that mercury, preventing it from potentially being emitted into the environment. ELVS also provides educational outreach and promotes vehicle recycling and proper management of substances of concern.  

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ELVS Mercury Collection Buckets

Order your free Mercury Switch Collection Bucket Kit by contacting US Ecology at (800) 495-6059 or 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 US Ecology at (800) 495-6059 or 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 for further information.

ELVS Mercury Switch Program Collection Reporting

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

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