Alexandria, Va.—Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) has announced the fourth annual Big Man On Planet (BMOP) competition, in partnership with Heating Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI). BMOP will run through October 31st and all HARDI wholesaler members are eligible to participate.

BMOP encourages HARDI members to promote TRC’s mercury thermostat collection program at their branches.  Four winning wholesalers will be determined by company size. Additionally, a $500 store incentive will be awarded to the top branch locations. Winners will be recognized at HARDI’s annual conference, December 5 – 8 in Orlando, FL.

“Last year’s BMOP competition increased distributor participation by 75 percent, helping TRC divert more than 250lbs of mercury from solid waste,” said Mark Tibbetts, TRC’s executive director.

“HARDI is proud of its members for their participation in the annual Big Man on the Planet program and we look forward to another strong year,” said HARDI CEO Talbot Gee. “Our continued success eliminating harmful mercury from the waste stream demonstrates the commitment HARDI members have to their communities. We value our partnership with TRC and continue to support their efforts.”

Corken Steel Products, Crescent Parts & Equipment and Johnstone Supply were the winners in 2014. Johnstone Supply also won in 2013, and Johnson Supply was the inaugural winner in 2012.

 HARDI distributors may sign up to compete in BMOP at For distributors not currently participating in TRC’s collection program, more information is available at, or by calling 888-266-0550.