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Recycling Program for Thermostat Mercury.

The Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) has expanded its recycling of used mercury-switch thermostats. The program is now available in 22 states and the District of Columbia.

Under this voluntary, industry-sponsored effort, heating and cooling contractors drop off old mercury-switch thermostats--no matter what brand--at participating wholesalers. The wholesalers collect the thermostats in protective bins supplied by TRC. When the bins are full, they are sent to TRC's recycling center, where the switches are removed and forwarded to a mercury recycler.

TRC focuses on heating and air-conditioning contractors and wholesalers because they sell and install the majority of thermostats and because the industry already has the infrastructure to support an effective recycling program. Only a small percentage of replacement thermostats are installed by homeowners themselves.

TRC's mercury-recycling program is available in the following jurisdictions: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
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Publication:Journal of Environmental Health
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Date:Apr 1, 2000
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