MAUI, Hawaii - During HARDI’s annual meeting in Maui, Thermostat Recycling Corp.’s Executive Director Mark Tibbetts recognized three HVACR distributors for their efforts to promote TRC’s program and help reduce mercury pollution.

Baker Distributing Co. received the Mercury Thermostat Promoter Award. Baker Distributing Co. is collecting mercury thermostats at over 220 locations nation-wide. Recognizing success requires program awareness both internally and externally, Baker implemented a campaign that targeted both employees and customers. Baker Distributing reached external audiences via a number of channels including its monthly newsletter and statements, placing TRC promotional materials in all Baker locations, and by adding a TRC banner ad on its homepage.

Johnson Supply also received the Promoter Award. Johnson Supply is collecting mercury thermostats at its 23 locations throughout Texas and Louisiana. Each Johnson Supply location has the recycling container in a visible location and all its employees are very familiar with the program. In addition, they work to educate Johnson Supply customers on the importance and impact of the TRC program.

The Mercury Thermostat Recycling Heavyweight Award and Pound-for-Pound Award went to USAirconditioning Distributors. They are collecting mercury thermostats at their 43 locations in the western United States and Florida. USAirconditioning Distributors has actively promoted the recycling of mercury thermostats and its customers have embraced the program.  During the summer months US Airconditioning Distributor locations shipped TRC over 2,100 waste mercury thermostats keeping 29 pounds of mercury out of solid waste. 

“It comes with great pleasure to recognize the contributions this impressive group made to the TRC program and the examples they set,” Tibbetts said. “During the summer months, this year’s winners helped divert over 57 pounds of mercury from solid waste through their collection efforts.”

Published: January 2012