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Thermostat Recycling Required for HVAC Contractors, Technicians

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A new law in Connecticut requires all mercury thermostats removed from service by HVAC contractors and technicians be recycled.

The law also requires HVAC wholesale distributors, with facilities in the state, to act as a collection point for waste mercury thermostats. Contractors and technicians may return mercury thermostats to any distributor for recycling, at no cost.

The Connecticut collection program is supported by 31 manufacturers participating in the Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC). The new Connecticut law requires all manufacturers of mercury thermostats sold in the state to either individually or collectively participate in the program.

Publication date: 4/22/2013

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