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Mercury Recovery and Disposal

Future Industrial Services collect, transport, recover and dispose  mercury waste streams.


Mercury Recovery

We can collect, transport, recover and dispose your mercury bearing wastes from right across the UK.


Mercury bearing wastes

Typical mercury bearing wastes we treat are:-

  • Catalysts
  • Mercury contaminated sludge
  • Treatment of lamp powder
  • Filter residues, filter media
  • Contaminated equipment and pipework
  • Treatment of mercury contaminated soil, thermometers, sphygs, PPE, plant and equipment
  • Treatment of inorganic mercury lab smalls
  • Treatment of dental amalgam
  • Batteries and button cells
  • Activated carbon contaminated with mercury

Off-Site Services

With our trained and experienced staff we can carry out the following off-site services:-

  • Surface contamination
  • Pipe cleaning
  • Investigations
  • Sampling and removal of plant and equipment
  • Emergency spills

Specialist Mercury Recovery Plant

Our mercury recovery plant has the capacity to process up to 2 tonne batch quantities.  This is based on the breakdown of mercury compounds into metallic mercury which is followed by vacuum distillation leaving a residual ash suitable for reuse, recovery or disposal.  The typical mercury fraction is 99.99% pure.

This solution meets Best Available Technique (BATS) in accordance to the current regulations.

Future's processes have been developed in direct response to environmental legislation, restricting the land disposal of mercury wastes. The operation is recognised as Best Environmental Practice by the Environment Agency and we carry full IPPC authorisation.

Mercury Legislation

Legislation concerning collection, recovery, disposal, storage and export of hazardous waste and in particular mercury and mercury containing wastes is complex and continues to evolve.  The introduction of new legislation places evermore pressure on companies to ensure their waste is treated in a safe and responsible manner.

FIS can provide you with a solution for your mercury contaminated wastes which meets the Best Available Technique through its Mercury Recovery plant.

Following the introduction of:

  • Waste Framework Directive- introduced emphasis on waste hierarchy (prevention, re-use, recycling, recovery, disposal)- 2008/98/EC
  • Waste Acceptance Criteria – 2033/33/EC
  • Landfill Directive 1991/31/EC
  • Shipment of waste – 1013/2006

Currently there is a European Strategy concerning Mercury which was initiated in 2005 to phase out primary production of Mercury, stop surplus re-entering the market and phase out export of metallic Mercury from the EU by 2011.

Legislation EC No 1102/2008 as of 15th March 2011, metallic Mercury will be considered as waste and will need to be disposed of in accordance with Waste Framework Directive 2006/12/EC

  • Waste metallic Mercury which is gained from cleaning of natural gas
  • Metallic mercury which is no longer used in the chlor-alkali industry
  • Metallic mercury gained from non-ferrous mining and smelting operations
  • Metallic mercury extracted from cinnabar ore in the EU

Please contact FIS for further information and how we are able to assist you in recovery of your Mercury contaminated wastes.