According to a new law, as of July 1, 2014, anyone who replaces a mercury-containing thermostat in New York or Connecticut must deliver it to an appropriate collection site to be recycled, the Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC), an industry-funded non-profit organization, recently said.

Additionally, no HVAC wholesale distributor in New York or Connecticut can sell or distribute any thermostat unless the wholesaler serves as a collection site for mercury-thermostat recycling.

All manufacturers of mercury thermostats sold in New York or Connecticut are required to individually or collectively participate in a collection program.

For information about the TRC’s collection program, visit To sign up as a collection site with the TRC, call 888-266-0550.