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New York HVAC Contractors Now Required to Recycle Mercury Thermostats

Posted Jan 7, 2014

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that requires any person or contractor who replaces a mercury-containing thermostat to deliver it to an appropriate collection site to be recycled. The bill also mandates that as of July 1, 2014, no HVAC wholesale distributor shall sell or distribute any thermostat unless the wholesaler participates as a collection site to recycle mercury thermostats.

The New York collection program is supported by 31 manufacturers participating in Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC). The New York law requires all manufacturers of mercury thermostats sold in the state to either individually or collectively participate in a collection program. TRC’s program is the easiest and least-cost means of complying with New York law.

To sign up as a collection site contact TRC toll-free at 1-888-266-0550.