Rhode Island law sets performance requirements for mercury thermostat recycling. Failure to achieve these requirements gives the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) authority to modify the collection program.

 

Modifications could include requiring wholesalers to implement an administratively complex and cumbersome “bounty” program on behalf of the manufacturers who initially made and sold the devices.  HARDI members’ support of the Thermostat Recycling Corporation’s (TRC) program is essential to avoid complicating what is currently a very easy program to implement. 

 

As a HARDI member with branches in Rhode Island, you need to take action now to prevent a modification.

 

TRC, a HARDI Partner that ensures our members are in complete compliance with the law, is seeking your assistance with the following:

 

 – Raising awareness of TRC’s program among your contracting customers to help the industry achieve collection goals;

 

 – Ensuring your branch locations are actively collecting and participating in the recycling of mercury thermostats.

 

On February 23, 2016, RIDEM announced that the manufacturers of mercury thermostats are required to collect 4,000 mercury thermostats during the 2017 calendar year 2017 in the state.  This collection goal is up from 3,250 units in 2016. 

 

Goals set for subsequent years are as follows: 

 

YEAR

FINAL THERMOSTAT COLLECTION GOALS

2017-2020

2017

4,000

2018

4,000

2019

4,750

2020

4,750

 

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Ryan Kiscaden, TRC’s Executive Director, at 571-302-0877 or email ryan.kiscaden@thermostat-recycle.org.

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