Thermostats Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage or Drains Contains Mercury Hazardous Waste Did you know that you can receive a $70,000 fine for throwing out an old mercury thermostat? Avoid this penalty by bringing in your mercury thermostat to the San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 7850 R.A. Bridgeford Street, Stockton, CA 95206 | (209) 468-3066 where they will properly recycle them. If eligible, you can even get a $5 rebate from the Thermostat Recycling Corporation when you turn in your thermostat. You’ll get rewarded for doing the right thing, avoid the $70,000 penalty, and protect the environment by recycling mercury. Click the button below to obtain your $5 per mercury thermostat rebate form! After filling it out, simply place your mercury thermostat and rebate in a plastic bag and drop if off at a local collection site. How to Check for Mercury Remove the thermostat’s cover and check if you see a bulb or vial that contains a silver, metallic liquid. If present, this liquid is mercury. Smart and Digital Thermostats Are E-Waste Smart thermostats and digital thermostats need to be disposed of as e-waste. Alternative Ways to Recycle Return to an HVAC Wholesaler Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) wholesalers are required by law to accept mercury thermostats free of charge. Find collectors who will recycle your thermostat. Ways to Reduce Replace Mercury Thermostats Most thermostats are made without mercury now so they are less damaging to the environment and more energy efficient. Consider updating your thermostat to save energy, money and avoid a hazardous mercury spill.