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Mercury Thermostat Legislation

Organization(s) Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Project Description The Vermont Legislature passed legislation requiring mercury thermostat manufacturers (only original equipment manufacturers) to pay a $5 financial incentive for mercury thermostats turned in to wholesale and retail outlets as well as municipal solid waste districts. Vermont became the second state in addition to Maine with a bounty provision. VT DEC conducted a successful two-month mercury thermostat collection pilot project in 2007 that demonstrated the effectiveness of a financial incentive in increasing mercury thermostat collection.

Under the law, thermostat manufacturers must submit thermostat collection plans by October 1 and implement the program by April 1, 2009. Wholesalers of mercury thermostats are required to serve as collection points. Retailers are required to participate in an education and outreach program but may voluntarily serve as collection points.

Vermont's mercury thermostat collection program with $5 financial incentive began on April 1 with over 50 mercury thermostat wholesalers and over 75 retailers participating as collection points. Vermont is the second state, after Maine, to pass legislation requiring thermostat manufacturers to both provide for collection and a financial incentive for thermostats.

More Info www.mercvt.org
Project Contact
Name Karen Knaebel
Phone N/A
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 18 No. 2, Fall 2008 [PDF]


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