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Thermostat Recycling

Organization(s) New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services
Project Description The New Hampshire legislature recently passed Senate Bill 528, which requires thermostat manufacturers to develop new or enhance existing program for the recycling of mercury-added thermostats. The bill also requires wholesalers to act as collection points, mandates the state to develop recycling goals, bans the installation of existing mercury thermostats (as of July 1, 2008), and requires contractors to recycle thermostats that they remove during construction or demolition work. Manufacturer recycling program plans are due to NH DES by October 11, 2008. A sales ban on new mercury thermostats went into effect on July 1, 2008.

In January 2009, the NH DES accepted a Mercury-Switch Thermostat Collection and Recycling Plan submitted by the Thermostat Recycling Corporation on behalf of its members. Because the NH legislation pertains to all manufacturers, there are about 20 small, non-TRC-member manufacturers that must either join TRC or provide their own collection and outreach plan. The Department is presently working with some of these smaller manufacturers to develop a generic small manufacturer thermostat plan.

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Name Paul Lockwood
Phone N/A
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 19 No. 1, Spring 2009 [PDF]


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