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Mercury Thermostat Compliance

Resolution to 2013/2014 Summary of Violations

On February 10, 2016 the Department of Toxic Substances Control (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.

CONSENT ORDER UPDATES

On October 3, 2017 the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC), on behalf of the 25 manufacturers who entered into the Consent Order, submitted an Advertising Plan as required by DTSC in its approval letter for Group B & C Outreach and Pilot Project Plans with modifications. The plan is required to describe general awareness strategies to be used and promotion of various ongoing pilot projects, propose an advertising budget, and to coordinate advertising between the multiple audiences identified in Exhibit A of the Consent Order. DTSC collected comments from the public and interested stakeholders these plans.  To review the public comments received and the submitted plans, please click on the links below:

APPROVED PLANS WITH MODIFICATIONS




QUARTERLY REPORTS

On October 31, 2017 TRC submitted for DTSC's review the third quarterly report for 2017. To view the report, and other previously submitted reports, please click the links below.

Archived Documents Relating to Consent Order




The following manufacturers who did not enter into the Consent Order were issued Enforcement Orders to comply with the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act. Those who settled with DTSC entered into a separate Consent Order.

Daikin Applied (McQuay International)

 

Goodman Global, Inc.

 

PSG Controls, Inc.

 

Rheem Manufacturing Company

 

TPI Corporation

Mercury Disposal Systems Annual Collection Results and Response

View the complete version of Mercury Disposal Systems' 2016 annual report

TRC Annual Collection Results and Response

View the complete version of TRC's 2016 annual report

View the complete version of TRC's 2015 annual report

View the complete version of TRC's 2014 annual report


View the complete version of TRC's 2013 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.

Manufacturers not in Compliance with Reporting Requirements

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.

DTSC Contacts and Reporting Violators

For more information about regulatory and other requirements of this law, please contact DTSC at thermostats@dtsc.ca.gov 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.