ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC) announced the 2014 Big Man On Planet (BMOP) competition, in partnership with HARDI, has begun. BMOP will run through Oct. 31 and all HARDI wholesaler members must sign up by May 31 at www.thermostat-recycle.org/BMOP to be eligible to participate and receive free promotional materials.

BMOP encourages HARDI members to promote TRC’s mercury thermostat collection program at their branches nationwide to recover the most thermostats. Three winners will be determined according to company size and TRC will give a $500 gift card to be used as an employee incentive to the branch of each winning company that recycles the most mercury thermostats. Winners will be chosen by TRC and recognized at HARDI’s annual conference, Dec. 7-10 in San Antonio, Texas.

Last year’s BMOP winner was Johnstone Supply, which recycled 107 pounds of mercury during the competition.

“We’re looking forward to participating again this year — and to ramp up our game,” said Jeff Schultz, Air & IAQ product manager for Johnstone Supply. “The competition is fun, while also helping to protect our environment. Being able to drop off the mercury thermostats in the course of regular business is a real convenience for our contractors even during the busiest season.”

For those interested in TRC’s collection program, more information is available at www.thermostat-recycle.org, or by calling 888-266-0550.