Illinois State Laws

Sales Ban: The sale of mercury thermostats is prohibited.

Installation Ban: The installation of mercury thermostats is prohibited.

Disposal Ban: The disposal of mercury thermostats in solid waste is prohibited.

Mandatory Contractor Recycling: HVAC contractors and Demolition Contractors are required to recycle all mercury thermostats removed service.

Collection Program Requirements

Mandatory Wholesale Distributor Collection: HVAC wholesale distributor are prohibited from selling any thermostat unless their location(s) are acting as a collection point for waste mercury thermostats.

Mandatory Manufacturer Funded Collection and Recycle: Manufacturers that historically branded and sold mercury thermostats in Illinois are required to individually or collectively participate in a collection program.

 

Recycling Your Old Mercury-Containing Thermostats

In 2010, mercury thermostat collection legislation was passed in Illinois requiring thermostat manufacturers to establish collection programs for contractor and consumer-generated mercury thermostats. The legislation requires all HVAC wholesale distributors with facilities in Illinois to act as a collection point for waste mercury thermostats by July 1, 2011.

IT IS ILLEGAL TO DISPOSE MERCURY THERMOSTATS IN SOLID WASTE IN ILLINOIS. HVAC CONTRACTORS MUST RECYCLE ALL MERCURY THERMOSTATS THEY REMOVE FROM SERVICE. IT IS ILLEGAL TO LEAVE THEM AT THE CUSTOMER’S PREMISE. TRC IS THE EASIEST AND CHEAPEST WAY TO COMPLY WITH ILLINOIS LAW.

TRC provides collection containers to HVAC wholesale distributors, thermostat retailers, HVAC contractors, and Household Hazardous Waste programs for a nominal one-time charge.

How Can You Participate in the Program?

Bring your mercury-containing thermostat to any TRC collection location for proper disposal. There are over 100 Collection Locations currently in Illinois. If your local HVAC wholesale distributor is not collecting waste mercury thermostats ask them to. HVAC contracting businesses with seven or more technicians or those serving rural communities may participate directly in the program by ordering a collection container.

Fines for Noncompliance

Each manufacturer, retailer, wholesaler, or contractor found in violation of the provisions in this section is subject to fines up to $500 per violation. 

State Information on Mercury Thermostats: Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Questions about Illinois' Mercury Thermostat Law

If you have questions about the implementation or the legal requirements of Illinois' mercury thermostat law, please contact:

Becky Jayne
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Pollution Prevention