Code of Conduct - TRC

TRC’s Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

The Thermostat Recycling Corporation’s (TRC) mission to collect and recycle mercury-containing thermostats has been unchanged since its inception in 1997. As a forward-thinking organization, we prioritize environmentally sustainable business practices in every aspect of our work.

As such, TRC gives high consideration to recycled and environmentally-friendly products when making purchases. We encourage our employees to use reusable bags when shopping, purchase LED bulbs, limit their consumption of paper and plastic products, and recycle products at work if they are unable to be recycled at home.

Sustainability in TRC’s Daily Operations
In 2017, TRC incorporated the following into its eco-friendly culture:

  • Relocated its offices to 500 Office Center Drive, Fort Washington, PA 19034
    • Resides in an Energy Star Awarded Premier Office Building
    • Located within walking distance of public transportation
    • Utilizes motion sensors in every office
    • Single-stream recycling
  • Uses 2-sided and grayscale defaults for all office printers
  • Internal office printing uses 100% recycled paper
  • Prints 100% of marketing material on recycled products
  • Equips offices with a power strip for all electronic equipment that is powered off every night
  • Ensures that mercury is recycled in a responsible manner by contracting with Veolia ES Technical Solutions, L.L.C. (Veolia) to process TRC's mercury thermostat collections.

Valuing the Well-being of TRC Employees

TRC believes that taking care of its people is at the center of creating a great place to work, where people are appreciated, engaged, productive and thriving. Here’s how we are creating an environment where people enjoy working:

  • Supports the use of walking meetings when applicable
  • Provides sit-or-stand desks
  • Encourages walking or biking to work when applicable

 

  • Created a "sow and share" program with the hope that employees plant and harvest food, and share the bounty with co-workers
  • Allows salaried employees one flex-day per week to work from home
  • Employees are committed to using reusable lunch bags and refrain from the use of plastic water bottles, paper and plastic products for food in the office
  • Employees carpool and utilize public transportation when applicable

An Internal review by TRC employees is held at least once per year on these standards

TRC’s Supplier Code of Conduct

At a minimum, TRC’s suppliers fully comply with all local environmental laws and regulations, and strive to conduct their operations in a way that conserves natural resources.

TRC’s Processing Facility

Veolia meets or exceeds all local, state, federal and EPA regulations for the management of mercury-containing thermostats. The mercury recovery facility and process are permitted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Veolia’s approvals for mercury recovery/recycling include:

  • EPA - identification WID988566543
  • Hazardous Waste Storage License #6008
  • Hazardous Waste Treatment License (Mercury Recovery Operations) #4585
  • Air Operation Permit #246076050-S01
  • Storm Water General Permit #WI-S067857-4

In addition to the regulatory permits, both Veolia Port Washington facilities have developed and maintains management systems in accordance with ISO 14001-2004, OHSAS 18001-2007, and Responsible Recycling (R2:2013) Practice.

All persons who handle mercury thermostats as part of the TRC operation receive training in the handling of Hazardous Waste and Universal Waste.