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Final Report: Mercury Thermostats in Commercial Buildings in King County
Abstract: This report presents the findings of an analysis that estimated the number of thermostats in commercial buildings in King County, Washington. The purpose of the analysis was to assist in the development of effective collection strategies.
Source: King County Hazardous Waste Management Program
URL: http://www.lhwmp.org/home/publications/publications_detail.a
spx?DocID=O58nhb2tQGQ%3d

Final Report: Quicksilver Project
Abstract: Summarizes the results of a six-month incentive program that King County, WA ran for HVAC contractors.
Source: King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program
URL: http://www.lhwmp.org/home/publications/publications_detail.a
spx?DocID=X5SIh2Of%2fVs%3d

Mercury Thermostat Recycling
Abstract: Mercury and other heavy metals, improperly managed, pose danger to human and environmental health. Common sources of mercury include, thermometers, light bulbs, and thermostats. Used mercury thermostats have no place in our landfills and should be properly recycled. Replacing mercury thermostats with energy saving programmable electronic thermostats increases the opportunity to prevent pollution
Source: Peaks to Prairies
URL: http://peakstoprairies.org/library/Mercury/

Mercury Usage and Alternatives in the Electrical and Electronics Industries
Abstract: Among other topics, this report discusses mercury thermostats. Table 3 provides a price and performance comparison between mercury switch thermostats and their alternatives.
Source: U.S. Environment Protection Agency Office of Research and Development
URL: http://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyNET.exe/30003WSW.TXT?ZyActionD=Zy
Document&Client=EPA&Index=1991+Thru+1994&Docs=&Query=&Ti
me=&EndTime=&SearchMethod=1&TocRestrict=n&Toc=&TocEntry=
&QField=&QFieldYear=&QFieldM

Mercury Usage and Alternatives in the Electrical and Electronics Industries
Abstract: Among other topics, this report discusses mercury thermostats. Table 3 provides a price and performance comparison between mercury switch thermostats and their alternatives.
Source: U.S. Environment Protection Agency Office of Research and Development
URL: http://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyNET.exe/30003WSW.TXT?ZyActionD=Zy
Document&Client=EPA&Index=1991+Thru+1994&Docs=&Query=&Ti
me=&EndTime=&SearchMethod=1&TocRestrict=n&Toc=&TocEntry=
&QField=&QFieldYear=&QFieldM

Review of the Thermostat Recycling Corporation Activities in the Northeast [PDF]
Abstract: The Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) conducted a phone survey of the electrical wholesale firms in the Northeast, who participate in the Thermostat Recycling Corporation's (TRC) program to collect used mercury-containing thermostats. At the time of the survey, the TRC listed 78 wholesalers on their website as participants in their program. The survey found that overall, 22 percent of these wholesalers could not be reached, did not responded to the survey, and/or reported that they do not participate in the program. NEWMOA estimated the total number of electrical wholesale firms in business in the region to determine the universe of possible outlets for thermostat collection through the TRC program and found that there is a significant number of potential participants in all of the northeast states that have not been recruited to participate in the TRC collection program. NEWMOA also estimated the number of used thermostats that may be generated annually in the Northeast states and estimated that TRC program is projected to collect between 1.3 and 4.9 percent of the possible number of mercury thermostats that could be collected in 2001. The report concludes with a number of recommendations for improving the TRC program.
Source: Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA)
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/TRCreport.pdf

Thermostats and Control Systems
Abstract: Provides information about the various types of thermostats available.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
URL: http://energy.gov/public-services/homes/heating-cooling

Turning Up The Heat: Eliminating Mercury Thermostats From The Marketplace [PDF]
Abstract: This report challenges New England states to recognize the risks of mercury-switch thermostats, as well as the benefits of non-mercury, energy efficient alternatives, and develop the regulations necessary to prevent the sale and haphazard disposal of mercury containing thermostats.
Source: Clean Water Action & Clean Water Fund New England
URL: http://mpp.cclearn.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/nezmctherm
ostatreportfeb2005.pdf


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Energy Fact Sheets: Programmable Thermostats
Abstract: Fact sheet on types programmable thermostats and what to consider while selecting one.
Source: Franklin Energy Services, Inc.
URL: http://www.energymatch.com/factsthermostats.html

EPA's Comprehensive Review of the Treatment Standards for Mercury-Bearing Hazardous Waste
Abstract: This describes the review process that EPA will undertake to review treatment standards for mercury waste through EPA's draft Action Plan for Mercury.
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/tsd/ldr/mercury.htm

IMERC Fact Sheet: Mercury Use in Thermostats
Abstract: "Mercury Use in Thermostats" summarizes the use of mercury in thermostats used in residences, businesses, and industrial settings, including thermostats sold as stand-alone units and as components within heating and cooling equipment.
Source: IMERC
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc/factsheets/th
ermostats.cfm

Indiana Mercury Thermostat Reduction and Recycling Pledge Program
Abstract: Contains articles on mercury information and programs.
Source: Web
URL: http://www.in.gov/idem/recycle/2398.htm

Mercury Thermostat Collection Protocol [PDF]
Abstract: Montana protocol for handling thermostats for recycling.
Source: Peaks to Prairies
URL: http://peakstoprairies.org/pdf_Files/Hg%20Tprotocol.pdf

Mercury Use in Thermostats
Abstract: Summarizes the use of mercury in thermostats, based on data obtained from the Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) Mercury-Added Products Database.
Source: Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC)
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc/FactSheets/th
ermostats.cfm


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Mercury Thermostat Log Sheet [PDF]
Abstract: Sheet to keep track of thermometers collected for recycling.
Source: Peaks to Prairies
URL: http://peakstoprairies.org/pdf_Files/T%20Removal%20Log.pdf

TRC Wholesaler List [Excel Spreadsheet]
Abstract: A list of wholesalers that are participating in the Thermostat Recycling Corporation's (TRC) mercury thermostat take-back program.
Source: National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
URL: http://www.thermostat-recycle.org/search.php


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Mercury Thermostat Reduction and Recycling Pledge Program
Abstract: Describes voluntary program to reduce the use of mercury-containing thermostats.
Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management
URL: http://www.in.gov/idem/recycle/2398.htm


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Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Abstract: National trade association of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) contractors.
Source: Air Conditioning Contractors of America
URL: http://www.acca.org/

Mercury Spills
Abstract: This website discusses how to handle mercury spill situations.
Source: University of Washington
URL: http://www.epa.gov/hg/spills/

Mercury Thermostat Recycling - Peaks to Praries
Abstract: Program targeting the collection of mercury thermostats through HVAC technicians; includes a log form and a protocol fact sheet.
Source: Montana State University Extension Service and Peaks to Prairies Regional P2 Information Center
URL: http://peakstoprairies.org/library/Mercury/

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