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Free 4/19 Webinar: Powering up the Safe Collection of Mercury Products

Posted Mar 23, 2017

First introduced in Lewis Carroll's 1865 masterpiece Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and reprised by Tim Burton's 2010 movie Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter is one of literatures most iconic figures. However, the Hatter’s eccentric ways are more than mere folly. Rather they are attributed to the effects of mercury poisoning.

In fact, the phrase "mad as a hatter" was in use 30 years prior to the publication of Carroll's novel, and is associated with industrial felt hat workers in 19th-century England. Mercurial disease was common among these craftsmen, and included such symptoms as tremors, irritability, and mental instability.

A document, published in 1860, focuses on mercurial disease among hatters and the occupational hazards of mercury. However, with aggressive collection efforts made by producer extended responsibility programs such as the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC), this is a concern that is all but eradicated in modern times.

Join Tom Murray, TRC’s pollution prevention and sustainability expert, on Wednesday, April 19th at 1:00pm to learn more about progress made in ridding the environment of mercury from discontinued thermostat models.  To register for the free webinar, hosted by the Product Stewardship Institute, click here.