FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC) announced that its sixth annual Big Man On Planet (BMOP) competition begins May 1, in partnership with Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI). BMOP will run through Oct. 31, and all HARDI wholesaler members are eligible to participate.

BMOP encourages HARDI members to promote TRC’s mercury thermostat collection program at their branches. To accommodate distributors of all sizes, three winning wholesalers will be determined as follows: the one that recycles the most pounds of mercury overall, the one that recycles the highest average pounds of mercury, and the one with the highest branch participation rate (for distributors with more than 10 locations). Additionally, a $500 store incentive will be awarded to the top three branch locations that recycle the most. Winners will be recognized at HARDI’s annual conference, Dec. 2-5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The HVAC wholesale channel continues to be our strongest ally,” said Ryan Kiscaden, TRC’s executive director. “BMOP has become our signature competition and continues to positively impact the collections for our program. It’s something industry professionals look forward to each year.”

 “TRC provides an easy and convenient program for HARDI wholesalers to do their part in preventing mercury from reaching our ecosystems. BMOP is an opportunity to create excitement around this meaningful undertaking,” said HARDI CEO, Talbot Gee. “Since TRC’s inception, our members have helped to drive this friendly competition, and I encourage our distributors to continue leading the program.”

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.

Publication date: 4/25/2017