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Honeywell Helps Dispose of Mercury Thermostats

Originally published: 12.21.12 by HVACR Business Staff


Honeywell is working with distributors and contractors to collect thermostats across the United States to support the Thermostat Recycling Corporation’s (TRC) efforts to recover and properly dispose of mercury thermostats.   

According to its 2011/2012 Progress Report, TRC says it has recovered nearly seven tons of mercury since it began its voluntary nationwide recycling program in 2002.

“This is especially remarkable considering that the majority of states do not have mercury thermostat disposal bans in place,” said Mark Tibbetts, TRC’s executive director. “We rely on partners like Honeywell to encourage HVAC contractors to voluntarily participate in the program.  It is important that thermostats are properly disposed of in order to keep the mercury out of our landfills.”

HVAC Distributors and Contractors who are interested in participating in the recycling program should visit TRC’s website for eligibility to become a collection site.

“Honeywell is proud of its record and work with the Thermostat Recycling Corporation to collect and recycle mercury containing thermostats,” said Dan O’Donnell, director of legislative affairs for Environmental Combustion Controls at Honeywell.  “While more remains to be done, it is our objective to work with our colleagues in the industry, government, and private sector to constantly improve programs and


results.”

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