Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Toxic Substances Control
 

Annual Collection Results

MERCURY THERMOSTAT COLLECTION AND PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS: 
        ANNUAL COLLECTION RESULTS 2013

In compliance with the California Code of Regulations, title 22, section 66274.4(c), on or before May 1st of every year, DTSC is required to post the following information on its web site regarding each program's collection of out-of-service mercury-added thermostats for the previous calendar year (CY).

  1. Total number of out-of-service mercury-added thermostats becoming waste for the calendar year (TT). 
  2. Total number of out-of-service mercury-added thermostats collected by each manufacturer's program. 
  3. Each program's performance requirement (TP) expressed in percentage of TT and in the number of thermostats. 
  4. The actual collection rate achieved by the program, expressed as a percentage of TT or the program's pro rata proportion of TT, as appropriate.
  5. DTSC's determination of whether or not the program achieved its collection of the number of out-of-service mercury-added thermostats required for that CY.

The following information is the collection results for CY 2013 indicated below.

CY 2013:

Manufacturers programs collecting in California:

Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC*)

  1. TT =108,500(**)
  2. Total Collected By TRC = 13,658 (***); Total Collected By TRC for CY 2013 = 23,017 (***) 
  3. TP = 30%;32,550 (****) 
  4. TRC Collection Rate as a % of TT = 12.5%;  Collection Rate as a % of TP = 42% 
  5. DTSC has found that TRC has not met its regulatory performance requirement.

* TRC is a non-profit corporation voluntarily founded by thermostat manufacturers for the purpose of promoting and facilitating the collection and proper disposal of mercury thermostats. TRC now represents 31 manufacturers that historically distributed mercury-containing thermostats in the US.

** TT reflects the adjusted pro-rated proportion of 50% of TT for the CY 2013 because of the July 1, 2013 effective date of the California requirements (TT = 217,000 x 50% = 108,000).

*** The numbers reflect 1) the portion of thermostats collected by TRC after the July 1, 2013 effective date of the California requirements and 2) the total number of thermostats collected by TRC for the CY 2013.

****TP reflects TT for the CY 2013, multiplied by the TP for the CY 2013 expressed as a percentage, then the TP number adjusted by the pro-rated proportion of 50% because of the July 1, 2013 effective date of the California requirements (TP = 108,500 x 30% = 32,550).

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