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[GreenYes] Fwd: [GreenYes] Local take back ordinances for thermostat take-back

Cynthia Knowles <cynthiapatagonia@no.address> I am not aware of any local ordinance regarding mercury thermostats. Speaking for San Francisco, we get very few through our household hazardous waste (HHW) program - typically less than a dozen per year. I suspect this is because most residents do not change their own thermostats - this work is done by contractors.
The National Electrical Manufactures Association (NEMA) runs a voluntary thermostat take-back program called the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC).

Here a description of the organization from the NEMA website ( ):
"The Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC), a not-for-profit corporation owned by three NEMA member companies, facilitates the collection by HVAC wholesalers from contractors of all brands of used, wall-mounted mercury-switch thermostats so that the mercury can be purified for re-use."

We're fortunate to have a participating wholesaler nearby in South San Francisco and it looks like there are quite a few options in Wisconsin. Take a look at the wholesaler list (excel file) at the web address above. Though the program was designed for contractors, our local site will accept them from anyone, including our HHW facility - making our disposal cost zero!
Hope this is helpful! Marjaneh

Marjaneh Zarrehparvar
Toxics Reduction Coordinator
Department of the Environment
City & County of San Francisco
11 Grove St., San Francisco CA 94102
tel: (415) 355-3756 fax: (415) 554-6393

"Reindl, John" <Reindl@no.address> wrote:
Subject: [GreenYes] Local take back ordinances for thermostat take-back
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2006 13:19:58 -0600
From: "Reindl, John" <Reindl@no.address>
To: "GreenYes" <GreenYes@no.address>

Hi ~

I have been asked to compile a list of local (county, city, village, town, etc) ordinances that require retailers or distributors of mercury thermostats to provide for their take-back and recycling.

If you know of any such ordinances, I would appreciate any information that you could send me.


John Reindl, Recycling Manager
Dane County, WI

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