Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Toxic Substances Control

Mercury Thermostat Information

Click on the links below for more information on specific requirements of those involved with the manufacture, regulation, sale, installation and disposal of mercury-added thermostats.

Manufacturer Requirements

The Mercury Thermostat Collection Act of 2008 requires manufacturers to establish a collection and recycling program individually or with other manufacturers for out of service mercury-added thermostats. View some of the supporting documents that detail these efforts:

Wholesaler Requirements

A wholesaler that has a physical location in the state shall act as a collection location for out-of-service mercury-added thermostats.  Learn more about wholesaler requirements.

Retailer Requirements

A retailer that distributes new thermostats by mail to buyers in the state shall include with the sale of the new thermostat, an Internet Web site address and toll-free telephone number with instructions on obtaining a prepaid mail-in label that a consumer may use to send an out-of-service mercury-added thermostat to a collection location. Learn more about retailer requirements.

Demolition and HVAC Contractor Requirements

The Mercury Thermostat Collection Act of 2008 requires construction and demolition professionals to properly remove and dispose of out-of-service mercury-added thermostats. Learn more about:

DTSC Requirements and Regulations

Additional Information