The hard work and collaboration of TRC’s staff, member companies, collection partners, and the HVAC industry has paid off to help make the program successful. Below are some highlights of these accomplishments. 

Big Man on Planet

TRC partnered with Heating Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) to launch the Big Man on Planet (BMOP) competition in 2012 to see who can recover the most thermostats. The 2015 competition recovered 432lbs of mercury from 25 competing distributors with more than 1,000 locations nationwide. The winners were Auer Steel, Johnson Supply, US Air Conditioning Distributors, and Johnstone Supply.
The 2014 competition recovered 252lbs of mercury from 21 competing distributors. The 2014 winners were Corken Steel Products, Crescent Parts & Equipment, and Johnstone Supply.

More than 100lbs of mercury was recovered from the 2013 competition and the winner was Johnstone Supply. The 2012 winner was Johnson Supply.

Thermostats Collected

Since its inception, TRC has recovered enough thermostats to fill the largest NFL stadium in the United States 22 times, one thermostat per seat. 

Pounds of Mercury Recovered

It would take the mercury from more than 1.5 billion CFL bulbs to equal the amount of mercury TRC’s program has recovered since 2008.

Collections by Location Type: 2015

  • 78% of mercury thermostats collected came from HVAC Wholesaler/Distributors
  • 14% came from contracting businesses
  • 6% came from Household Hazardous Waste Facilities
  • 2% came from retail locations

TRC Digital Advertising

TRC’s 2015 digital advertising campaign utilized Google AdWords to create awareness of the program and reinforce brand recognition. This campaign alone resulted in more than 7.6 million impressions nationwide.


“Our team does a great job collecting mercury filled thermostats and doing our part for the environment.  Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) makes it really easy to collect and recycle the mercury filled thermostats and is focused on extended producer responsibility. So we proudly support all their efforts.”

Greg Cohen
Operations Manager
The Star Supply Co.

“In 2012 alone, we helped over 20,000 families spend less to be more comfortable in their homes by providing home energy assessments and instant savings measures such as programmable thermostats, which can save a family up to 15% on their heating and cooling bills annually. Participating in the TRC program as a collection site makes it easy for us to properly dispose of the mercury thermostats we collect when performing energy assessments so we can help keep mercury out of the waste stream.”

Gabe Shapiro
V.P. of Outreach
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