TRC Blog


There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills… And Mercury in Them Thar Lakes!

Posted Aug 3, 2017

While many believe that mercury contamination resulted from the improper disposal of products such as mercury-containing thermostats, batteries, and light bulbs, its genesis is actually tied to an important time in America’s evolution.

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Seven Trade Associations Show Support for TRC by Signing a Coalition Letter Addressed to California

Seven Trade Associations Show Support for TRC by Signing a Coalition Letter Addressed to California

Posted Jun 12, 2017

On May 19th, the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) filed its Program Modification Plan for the Collection of Mercury-Containing Thermostats in California on behalf of 25, out of 31, thermostat manufacturers.

As the public comment period of the program modification plan (PMP) wound down, TRC reached out to trade associations aligned with its industry, asking them to sign onto a coalition letter to the department.

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Thanks to Public & Private Partnerships ELVS Has Left the Building

Posted May 10, 2017

It is interesting to view side-by-side the ELVS (top) collection track record with that of the TRC (bottom).



























They are quite alike. Both deal with mercury encased in a product that is used in a vehicle or a home. Both also deal with a product that is no longer manufactured with mercury. Both deal with end-of-life issues and collection rates for both are expected to decrease over time as older products are removed from commerce.

ELVS collections are tracking down as expected. While TRC collections have plateaued, there is no reason to believe that the TRC collections will not also track down. This is reassuring, but now is not the time to rest on one’s laurels.  The TRC is promoting its message more strongly now than ever before and is reaching out to still more audiences who might open undiscovered channels to unaccounted for mercury-containing thermostats. Our job is to stay vigilant and compliant and work together to get as many of them accounted for as soon as we can.

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