Thermostats are commonly found in most homes and are also used for commercial applications as a means of regulating room temperature.
Mercury-containing thermostats should not be disposed of in the regular trash.
Recycling Your Old Mercury-Containing Thermostats
In 2008, mercury thermostat collection legislation was passed requiring thermostat manufactures to establish collection programs for contractor and consumer-generated mercury thermostats and providing a financial incentive of $5.00 for turning in a mercury thermostat for recycling.
How can you participate in the program? Bring your mercury-containing thermostat to any of the locations listed below and receive either an in-store credit (at retail locations) or a coupon that can be mailed in to receive $5.00 reimbursement check - it's that simple. (Note: No other mercury-containing products are accepted as a part of this program.)
If you have any questions regarding this program, visit Thermostat Recycling, or call toll free 1-855-632-9253 or 802-522-5736.
MERCURY THERMOSTAT DROP-OFF LOCATIONS
Identifying Thermostats Containing Mercury
To determine if your thermostat contains a mercury switch, remove the front cover. Once the cover is removed you should be able to locate one or more glass ampoules (switches) that contain a silver liquid (mercury).
Alternatives to Mercury-Containing Thermostats
Electronic thermostats, which are mercury-free, are available. The best alternative is to use what are called programmable thermostats. These thermostats can be programmed to keep the temperature of a house a certain level depending on the time of day and the season. Programmable thermostats are encouraged for energy savings.