A recent review by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) shows that its members are some of the nation’s top recyclers of mercury containing thermostats that are included in the Thermostat Recycling Corp.’s (TRC) collection efforts.

TRC maintains a network of more than 3,600 collection sites nationwide. “We are both pleased and impressed with the ACCA members who demonstrated best practices by removing and safely recycling mercury containing thermostats while on service calls,” says Ryan Kiscaden, executive director, TRC. “This demonstrates that the backbone of our industry, the contractor, is the first line of activity in protecting the environment in the removal of all mercury containing thermostats.”

“ACCA members are highly skilled professionals who are committed to protecting the environment and safely recycling mercury containing thermostats,” says Barton James, interim president & CEO, ACCA. “Through the TRC collection program, ACCA members collected nearly 2,500 mercury containing thermostats. However, we know that thousands of other ACCA members recycle through their local distributor, and we thank them for their efforts as well.”

Both Kiscaden and James note that the efforts of HVAC contractors point to their important role in contributing to the environmental stream, far beyond the common perception that their sole occupation is to install or repair mechanical systems. Whether replacing mercury containing thermostats or ensuring that the consumer is receiving a quality HVAC installation, HVAC contractors are the point persons for these efforts.

HVAC wholesalers and hazardous waste collection sites serve as the lynchpin of TRC’s collection efforts. TRC and ACCA have also created a Mercury Thermostat Compliance Policy handbook available for free download that contractors are encouraged to have their employees follow.

The ACCA members who accounted for the highest contributions – more than 50 per year - include:

  • Answer Heating & Cooling Inc. in Freeland, MI
  • Burkholder's HVAC in Emmaus, PA
  • Entek Corporation in Longview, WA
  • Favret Company in Columbus, OH
  • Halco Heating. & Energy in Phelps, NY
  • Homer Nine and Sons in Beaver, PA
  • Homeserve USA Energy Services in Staten island, NY
  • Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning in Rochester, NY
  • Morrison Inc. in Marietta, OH
  • Peters Heating & A/C in Quincy, IL
  • Robie's Heating & Plumbing in Hyannis, MA
  • Standard Heating & Air Conditioning in Minneapolis, MN

“The relationship between TRC and ACCA members demonstrates what happens when there is an exceptional degree of cooperation between two organizations that are aligned to meet a common goal that benefits the consumer and safeguards the environment,” Kiscaden says.