Mercury is a highly poisonous heavy metal which evaporates at room temperature. The decontamination of leakages requires high technical and logistical efforts.
Leaks and spillage can occur during the production, storage and transportation of hazardous waste. An immediate emergency respond is crucial.
For a safe international transportation of hazardous waste, several packing regulations must be observed (e.g. IMDG, ADR, etc.). A repackaging of waste is usually necessary.