Homeowners paid to recycle thermostats
Maine homeowners can now receive $5 by recycling their
old mercury thermostat, which cannot legally be disposed in household
Under a program initiated under a new Maine law, thermostat manufacturers
will provide pre-paid UPS mailing labels to any homeowner who requests
them. The mailing labels allow consumers to ship thermostats to be recycled.
In return, the manufacturer provides a payment of $5 for each thermostat
The program is operated by Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC), an
industry-funded non-profit that recycles mercury thermostats throughout
the continental United States.
No special packaging is required to ship the thermostat, although TRC
recommends that it be placed inside a zip-lock bag and shipped in a well-sealed
The TRC recycling facility is located in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Once
the thermostat is received and processed, the TRC issues a check to the
homeowner, which generally arrives within six weeks after the date of
shipment. Payments are also provided to contractors who recycle thermostats
through their local wholesale suppliers.
The TRC is funded by Honeywell, Emerson White-Rodgers, GE, and Nordyne,
all of which sold mercury thermostats in the state of Maine when it was
legal to do so.