Thermostats

Hazardous Waste
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Illegal in Garbage or Drains
Contains Mercury

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.

 
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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. This silver, metallic liquid is mercury.

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Digital Thermostats Are E-Waste

Digital thermostats should 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 nowadays are made without mercury, so they are less damaging to the environment and more energy efficient. Consider updating your thermostat to save energy and money.