Mercury Thermostat Compliance

Manufacturers' Outreach and Pilot Project Plans

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has concluded the public comment period on June 3, 2016 regarding the received draft Outreach and Pilot Project Plans submitted by the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC). DTSC is considering all comments received and will reach an official decision by July 8, 2016. The submitted comments can be viewed below.

Public Comments Received on Manufacturers' Draft Outreach and Pilot Project Plans

Related Documents

Outreach Plan for the Collection of Mercury Added Thermostats in California
Pilot Project Plan for the Collection of Mercury Added Thermostats in California
Public Notice: Manufacturers' Outreach and Pilot Project Plans
DTSC Executed Consent Order

Mercury Thermostat Consent Order

On February 10, 2016 the DTSC and twenty-five manufacturers came to an agreement to improve out-of-service mercury-added thermostat collections in California by entering into a Consent Order.  The Consent Order requires the manufacturers to develop an outreach plan and pilot projects to increase awareness and incentivize safe disposal of mercury-added thermostats.  The final executed Consent Order can be viewed below.

DTSC Executed Consent Order

Related Documents


View the complete version of TRC's 2014 annual report

The Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) is a non-profit corporation created by thermostat manufacturers for the purpose of promoting and facilitating the collection and proper disposal of mercury thermostats.


DTSC is required by the law to post a notice on its Internet Web site listing manufacturers that are not in compliance with the reporting requirements of The Mercury Thermostat Collection Act of 2008 on July 1, 2009, and on January 1 and July 1 annually thereafter.


For more information about regulatory and other requirements of this law, please contact DTSC at or contact one of DTSC's Regulatory Assistance Officers at
800-72-TOXIC (800-728-6942).

If you have knowledge of a possible violation of the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act, please use the Cal/EPA Environmental Complaint Form to file an environmental complaint with Cal/EPA. In the "Complaint Information" section, under "Complaint Related To," be sure to check the box for "Toxic Substances" to ensure the complaint is received by the Department of Toxic Substances Control. You may also call 1-800-728-6942.