California makes mercury thermostat recycling free

The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) announced a new law cosponsored by CPSC and Sierra Club California.

The Mercury Thermostat Collection Act of 2008 (AB2347) was authored by Assemblymember Ira Ruskin, Redwood City.

When the law takes effect, July 1, 2009, heating and air conditioning wholesalers with physical locations in California, will be required to collect thermostats from the public. Retailers are also encouraged to participate.