US leads the way
In 1998 several American thermostat manufacturers established a non-profit stewardship program called the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC). In total, it has collected 2.1 million thermostats containing 10 tons (9.1 tonnes) of mercury.
“Logistically, the TRC model works in a similar way to our lamp and battery recycling programs so it’s something we could replicate quite easily,” Mr Moyle said.
“We will be talking to state governments and the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) industry to better define the scale of the mercury thermostat problem as we investigate the development of a specific collection program.”
An important component will be educating HVAC contractors, building managers, demolition companies, office and shop fitters and home renovators of the existence and hazards of mercury thermostats, and appropriate disposal options.
Safely recycle mercury thermostats in Australia
Ecocycle can safely recycle the mercury contained in mercury thermostats.
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