Sales Ban: The sale 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.
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 Maine are required to individually or collectively participate in a collection program.
In accordance with Maine law, TRC provides a financial incentive of $5.00 to contractors, service technicians, or homeowners for turning in a mercury-switch thermostat for recycling to a participating recycling collection point. Bring your mercury-switch thermostat to any HVAC wholesaler or HHW facility to receive a coupon redeemable for $5.00, or to a participating retail location and receive a $5.00 in-store credit.
Coupons will be paid via mailed check upon receipt of the thermostat to TRC's processing facility. It often takes several months between the time of dropping off the thermostat at the wholesaler and receipt of the thermostat at TRC's processing facility. Questions regarding payment should be directed to TRC's office.
For Maine homeowners with questions, contact TRC by phone at 1-888-266-0550 or email TRC@thermostat-recycle.org.
Please include all address information needed to ensure delivery to the proper location.
THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE PROHIBITS SENDING MERCURY-CONTAINING THERMOSTATS IN U.S. MAIL. USE OTHER CARRIER OR CHECK POSTAL SERVICE REGULATIONS PRIOR TO SENDING MERCURY-CONTAINING THERMOSTATS VIA U.S. MAIL.
State Information on Mercury Thermostats: Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Downloads: $5 Incentive Poster PDF