ARLINGTON, Va. - The Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC) and Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) have reached an agreement to promote TRC’s national mercury thermostat collection program.

While HARDI has worked with TRC to grow the number of thermostat recovery locations in HVACR wholesale distributors for years, this agreement formalizes the partnership and puts into place mechanisms for growing HARDI member participation even more. TRC will provide HARDI members regular mercury thermostat-related policy and regulatory updates as well as expanded collateral and marketing materials to help promote HARDI members’ commitment to responsible mercury management. HARDI has committed to getting every thermostat-selling distributor member into a mercury thermostat recovery program.

TRC is a simple program that allows HVAC contractors to properly dispose of waste mercury thermostats at no cost. TRC relies on HVAC wholesale distributors to act as the primary collection points for mercury thermostats taken out of service. Beyond a one-time participation fee of $25, there are no recurring costs for distributors to participate.

“TRC is thrilled to formalize its partnership with HARDI,” said Mark Tibbetts, TRC executive director. “The active support of HVACR wholesale distributors is critical to the success of TRC.”

Publication date:12/13/2010