ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that requires any person or contractor who replaces a thermostat that contains mercury to deliver it to an appropriate collection site to be recycled.

The new law also states that HVAC wholesale distributors who sell or distribute thermostats will not be able to do so unless they participate as a collection site to recycle mercury thermostats, effective July 1, 2014.

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

Publication date: 1/20/2014 

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