How Much Mercury in 1,000,000 Thermostats?
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How Much Mercury in 1,000,000 Thermostats?

Posted Apr 29, 2010

Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) collected its 1,000,000th mercury thermostat in the first quarter of 2010. Through its efforts, TRC has diverted over 4.67 tons of mercury from the solid waste stream since its inception.

“TRC is pleased to report that it reached an important milestone having now recovered over one million thermostats. This was accomplished in large part due to the efforts of contractors and HVAC supply houses that voluntarily collect waste thermostats on TRC’s behalf. We look forward to their continuing participation in the program,” said Mark Tibbetts, Executive Director of TRC.

TRC is a not­-for-­profit corporation founded in 1997 by thermostat manufacturers to collect and properly dispose of mercury­containing thermostats removed from service. TRC provides HVAC contractors and homeowners a no­-cost solution for properly disposing mercury­-containing thermostats. HVACR wholesalers, qualified HVACR contractors, municipal household hazardous waste collection programs, and retailers can participate as a collection point for a nominal one­time fee. TRC currently has over 3,000 collection sites in 48 states.

Founded voluntarily in 1998 by Honeywell, White-Rodgers, and General Electric, TRC now represents nearly 30 manufacturers that historically sold mercury thermostats. TRC has placed recycling containers in 47 states and has collected over one million mercury-containing thermostats since the program’s inception.