Mercury’s health hazards are well-known, so the heating and air conditioning industry is working hard to replace old mercury-containing thermostats with new, electronic units. Distributors and contractors are being offered incentives for explaining to customers the health and environmental benefits of upgrading.
Each year, the nonprofit Thermostat Recycling Corporation provides prizes to encourage technicians, contractors and distributors to collect mercury-containing thermostats and turn them in for recycling. In each of the past three years, Johnstone Supply has collected the greatest number nationally.
Locally, the technician who turned in the most mercury-containing thermostats to Johnstone’s Rochester store and/or bought new electronic thermostats won a 40-inch LED television. The winner was Rick Hook with Mida Heating and Air Conditioning.
About Johnstone Supply. Johnstone Supply is a nationwide, member-owned buying cooperative for HVACR equipment and supplies with stores in Rochester and Syracuse.
About Thermostat Recycling Company. The Thermostat Recycling Corporation is a nonprofit stewardship organization that facilitates and manages the collection and proper disposal of mercury-containing thermostats. Founded in 1998 by Honeywell, White-Rodgers and General Electric as a voluntary venture, the company established its mission to promote the safe collection and proper disposal of mercury-containing thermostats. Today, 30 manufacturers support the program.