A manufacturer-run program for collecting mercury thermostats is failing to keep the toxic heavy metal out of the trash—and the environment. Turning Up The Heat II estimates that, at most, the industry recycling program has captured 8% of mercury thermostats coming out of service in the past decade. This has resulted in the disposal of over 50 tons of mercury into the environment, which can expose people to the neurotoxin through fish consumption.
At the event, the NJ Environmental Federation (NJEF), the state's largest environmental group, cited James and Rice's leadership here and on many other issues as it announced its endorsement of their re-election bids to the Newark Municipal Council just 8 days before the May 11th municipal elections.
According to Ray Pogwist, Chair of the Ocean Township Environmental Commission, the integrated pest management policy for the township identifies key sensitive areas like the village parks to be managed without harmful chemical pesticides. Integrated pest management (IPM) calls for the management of insects, undesired plants, and plant diseases with tools that are least likely to impact human health or the environment.