The Minamata Convention, if it takes effect (which it looks like it will), would (among other provisions) ban all mining of mercury almost world-wide around 2020. So I guess mercury recycling is going to become a thing? “3. Each Party shall not allow primary mercury mining that was not being conducted within its territory at the date of entry into force of the Convention for it. 4. Each Party shall only allow primary mercury mining that was being conducted within its territory at the date of entry into force of the Convention for it for a period of up to fifteen years after that date.”
Incidentally, one of the provisions of the convention can be fulfilled by “Setting national objectives aiming at dental caries prevention and health promotion, thereby minimizing the need for dental restoration”.
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