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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Mercury Thermostat Collection and Recycling

Mercury Thermostat Collection and Recycling

On July 1, 2008, the State of Illinois joined several other states in prohibiting the sale and distribution of new mercury-switch thermostats that are used to activate heating and cooling equipment in buildings. In 2010, the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act was passed, requiring thermostat manufactures to establish collection programs for recycling mercury-switch thermostats when they are taken out of service. The purpose of these two state laws is to keep mercury from entering the environment. Site includes information for consumers, manufacturers, wholesalers, and HVAC contractors.


Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

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