New publication: Use, disposal and environmental releases of mercury

This report presents an overview of the use, waste volume and disposal of mercury in Switzerland. It summarises current knowledge on environmental releases and mercury pollution in individual environmental compartments, assesses the pollution and exposure levels.


At a glance

Pollutant register

The Swiss Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (SwissPRTR) provides information on releases of pollutants and transfers of wastes from facilities and diffuse sources.


Certain substances and groups of substances suitable for use as cooling agents have negative impacts on the ozone layer or the climate.

Substances that must be approved

Specific substances with properties of very great concern may be placed on the market and used after a transitional period subject to authorisation.

Bans and restrictions

Because they are hazardous, certain substances, preparations and objects are banned or subject to restricted use.


As a party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, Switzerland is helping to achieve global protection goals.


Nanomaterials are useful for countless innovative applications, but can also pose risks to human health and the environment.

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