Mercury Thermostat Compliance

Manufacturers' Outreach and Pilot Project Plans Disapproved

On May 10, 2016 the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) submitted draft Outreach and Pilot Project plans as required by the Consent Order.  The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has disapproved the submitted plans in a letter dated July 8, 2016.  This letter communicated the decision to TRC and the manufacturers, and provided a set of detailed comments outlining DTSC's findings and comments that formed the basis for the disapproval.  TRC has been given an extension to resubmit revised plans that addresses DTSC's comments by August 8, 2016.  Please click on the links below to view the letter of disapproval and DTSC's findings and comments.

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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.

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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.