Thermometer exchange scheduled for Oct. 11

The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in cooperation with the borough of South River, will sponsor a mercury-thermometer exchange from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the South River Senior Center, 55 Reid St.

County residents may turn in their old mercury thermometers and receive a new mercury-free digital thermometer, free of charge. Businesses and schools may not participate in the event.

Thermometers should be transported in their storage cases. If a storage case is not available, residents should deliver the thermometers in a zippered plastic storage bag.

Mercury thermometers may break in the home, spilling a material that can be a health hazard, especially to young children.

One new digital thermometer per household will be provided (while supplies last), regardless of the number of mercury thermometers dropped off.

For more information, call the county Division of Solid Waste Management at (732) 745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@