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Mercury Thermostat Compliance

Resolution to 2013/2014 Summary of Violations

On February 10, 2016 the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and twenty-five manufacturers came to an agreement to improve out-of-service mercury-added thermostat collections in California by entering into a Consent Order. The Consent Order requires the manufacturers to develop an outreach plan and pilot projects to increase awareness and incentivize safe disposal of mercury-added thermostats. The final executed Consent Order can be viewed below.

Consent Order Updates:

On December 22, 2017 DTSC has determined the Thermostat Recycling Corporation’s (TRC) “2017-2018 Approved California Outreach Plan Advertising Component” (Component) inadequate. On February 26, 2018 the Respondents have submitted a revised Ad Component based on DTSC’s letter. To view the revised Ad Component and related documents, please click on the links below:

Approved Plans with Modifications

Quarterly Reports

On January 31, 2018 TRC submitted for DTSC’s review the fourth quarterly report for 2017. To view the report, and other previously submitted reports, please click the links below.

Archived Documents Relating to Consent Order

The following manufacturers who did not enter into the Consent Order were issued Enforcement Orders to comply with the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act. Those who settled with DTSC entered into a separate Consent Order.

Daikin Applied (McQuay International)

Goodman Global, Inc.

PSG Controls, Inc.

Rheem Manufacturing Company

TPI Corporation

Mercury Disposal Systems Annual Collection Results and Response

View the complete version of Mercury Disposal Systems’ 2016 annual report

TRC Annual Collection Results and Response

View the complete complete version of TRC’s 2016 annual report.

 View the complete version of TRC’s 2015 annual report.

View the complete version of TRC’s 2014 annual report.

View the complete version of TRC’s 2013 annual report.

The Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) is a non-profit corporation created by thermostat manufacturers for the purpose of promoting and facilitating the collection and proper disposal of mercury thermostats.

Manufacturers not in Compliance with Reporting Requirements

DTSC is required by the law to post a notice on its Internet Web site listing manufacturers that are not in compliance with the reporting requirements of The Mercury Thermostat Collection Act of 2008 on July 1, 2009, and on January 1 and July 1 annually thereafter.

DTSC Contacts and Reporting Violators

For more information about regulatory and other requirements of this law, please contact DTSC at or contact one of DTSC’s Regulatory Assistance Officers at 800-72-TOXIC (800-728-6942).

If you have knowledge of a possible violation of the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act, please use the CalEPA Environmental Concern Form to report an environmental concern with CalEPA. Be sure to select the image or checkbox for “Toxic Substances” to ensure the complaint is received by the Department of Toxic Substances Control. You may also call 1-800-728-6942.