Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) Announces Addition of First Non-Mercury Thermostat Manufacturers to Its Membership
“TRC began decades ago as a volunteer effort initiated by manufacturers wanting to do the right thing and take back their own products in the safest, most proactive way possible,” said TRC’s Executive Director, Ryan Kiscaden. “With ecobee and Nest Labs joining our organization, they are setting a great example for other companies to follow.”
Production of mercury-containing thermostats ceased in 2007, and has been replaced by programmable and smart thermostats. These conditions coupled with TRC’s aggressive collection and recycling campaigns, have led to a decline of mercury thermostats in use and circulation. This is reflected in TRC’s annual collection data.
“We’ve always believed that manufactures of non-mercury containing devices are key to helping us make greater gains in our collection efforts,” said Kiscaden. “With the newer devices replacing the older stock, it’s a natural relationship for them to promote our program to those who come into contact with mercury thermostats during installation.”
ecobee and Nest mirror Kiscaden’s views and feel the time is right for more companies to step up and support TRC’s cause.
“We’re a company that upholds social and environmental values,” said Fatima Crerar, Senior Manager of Social Impact at ecobee. “We’ve long considered what happens to the old thermostats we replace and taking part in TRC’s program helps us with that. We believe every manufacturer has a natural role in managing the lifecycle of their product and the waste and pollution created by the old products they replace.”
“The pressing, driving need to help the environment is one of the reasons why Nest was created,” said Mark Rose, Product Lead for the Nest Thermostat at Nest. “We’re happy to be one of the first non-mercury thermostat manufacturers to join TRC’s program and continue our mission of creating a home that takes care of the people inside it and around the world.”
TRC has grown since its 1998 start. Today, it boasts 31 manufacturer members and ensures compliance for each. And with more than 3,000 collection sites, operating in 48 contiguous states, TRC has diverted more than 10 tons of mercury from the ecosystem and waste stream.
For more information about TRC, or to find a mercury-containing thermostat recycling location, visit trcprod.wpengine.com.