Thermostat Recycling Options for Contractors

Posted on: October 5, 2015 | by: July 26, 2017

For the protection of the environment and public health, items containing mercury must be disposed of properly. Homeowners may not realize that the thermostat they are replacing contains mercury, and therefore must be handled with care.


As an HVAC contractor, customers often look to you for solutions disposing of the HVAC equipment you’re replacing. By making your customers aware of thermostat recycling programs, you communicate your business’s commitment to protecting the environment. As today’s homeowners look for greener HVAC solutions, recycling old equipment is a way contractors can make installing new systems more environmentally friendly.


Thermostat Recycling Options


Many solutions are available for recycling thermostats. For homeowners, many state and local governments offer recycling programs. Some hardware stores will also accept thermostats for recycling.


Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) is an excellent resource for HVAC contractors. Distributors, wholesalers, and other industry partners serve as drop-off points for old thermostats, or thermostats may be directly shipped for recycling if the contractor meets eligibility requirements.. Thermostats are then sent off to recyclers. Ask your preferred distributor or wholesaler if they are a part of this thermostat recycling program, and for more information about the safe collection and handling of mercury thermostats.


Contractor Resources offers downloadable resources for contractor use. Promotional and educational materials can be obtained. Contractors can use these materials to promote the thermostat recycling program to customers, as well as to educate staff about program participation.


Thermostat Collection Sites


There are more than 3,400 TRC thermostat collection sites across the country. To find a thermostat collection site near you, click here.


Make thermostat recycling a standard for your HVAC company; take advantage of these resources and educate your staff and customers about the importance of recycling mercury thermostats.


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