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$70,000 Fine for Not Recycling a Thermostat! TRC has the Solution.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018  
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Who knew that those old thermostats could cost you $70,000? That’s the fine for failing to recycle mercury thermostats. Why such a hefty penalty? Because when mercury thermostats are discarded with everyday trash, the mercury bulb will break, and the mercury will escape and become a dangerous hazard.


According to California law, it’s illegal to dispose of mercury thermostats in the trash. HVAC contractors, lodging managers, and owners are responsible for recycling all mercury thermostats they remove from service. Staying compliant with the law is a good thing, but what’s even better is that all participants of the program get a $5 rebate for every recycled mercury thermostat. That’s right, instead of paying the fine, TRC will pay you! It’s a win-win situation. You get rewarded for doing the right thing, avoid the $70,000 penalty, and your community is protected by proper mercury disposal. Just follow these three easy steps on our website


Questions? Comments? Contact Sacha Pfeufer at or call 562-597-0205.