New Connecticut law mandates thermostat recycling

A new law requires all mercury thermostats removed from service in Connecticut by contractors and service technicians must be recycled.  

ALEXANDRIA, VA. — A new law requires all mercury thermostats removed from service in Connecticut by contractors and service technicians must be recycled.  
 
The law also requires all wholesale distributors with facilities in the state to act as a collection point for waste mercury thermostats.  All that contractors and technicians need to do is hold onto the mercury thermostats they remove from service and return them to any HVAC wholesale distributor in the state to recycle them at no cost.
 
The Connecticut collection program is supported by 31 manufacturers participating in Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC). The new Connecticut law requires all manufacturers of mercury thermostats sold in the state to either individually or collectively participate in a program. TRC’s program is the easiest and least-cost means of complying with Connecticut law.
 
For more information about participating in the program or signing up as a collection location, visit TRC’s website at www.thermostat-recycle.org.
 
The Thermostat Recycling Corp., founded in 1998, is an industry-funded non-profit corporation supported by 31 manufacturers who historically branded and sold mercury thermostats in the United States.  TRC maintains a network of more than 3,600 collection sites nationwide and has recovered more than 1.4 million thermostats since its inception.  TRC assumes all costs to transport and properly dispose of mercury switch thermostats recovered from service.  

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