Mercury in Thermostats

MERCURY THERMOSTAT COLLECTION ACT

Beginning July 1, 2013, the Mercury Thermostat Collection and Performance Requirement Regulations established additional requirements for mercury thermostat manufacturers, and collectors.  These regulations require annual performance goals for the collection of mercury-containing thermostats and established a methodology for calculating the number of such thermostats that become waste annually. The regulations also establish identification requirements for persons delivering thermostats to collection centers.  Then annual reporting requirements for thermostat manufacturers have been updated since the legislation was adopted in 2008.  For additional information, contact thermostats@dtsc.ca.govor DTSC’s Regulatory Assistance Officers at 800 – 72- TOXIC (800-728-6942).

Pursuant to the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act of 2008, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) recently adopted regulations entitledMercury Thermostat Collection and Performance Requirements. The regulations, which were approved by the Office of Administrative law (OAL) on May 15, 2013 (OAL File No.2013-0415-02 S), have been filed with the Secretary of State and will take effect on July 1, 2013. They establish annual performance goals for the collection of mercury-containing thermostats and a methodology for calculating the number of such thermostats that become waste annually. The regulations also establish identification requirements for persons delivering thermostats to collection centers and annual reporting requirements for thermostat manufacturers.
Recycling Mercury-containing Thermostats: Instructional Video

MILESTONES AND REQUIREMENTS/OUTREACH DOCUMENT 

The Milestones document reflects the planned schedule for implementing the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act of 2008. The Requirements and Outreach document outlines the requirements of the law by group and details DTSC's efforts to disseminate the information.

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