Approval of Mercury Thermostat Collection and Recycling Programs
[39 Pa.B. 5783]
[Saturday, October 3, 2009]
The Mercury-Free Thermostat Act (act) (35 P. S. §§ 6030.1—6030.7) requires each manufacturer of mercury thermostats that have been sold in this Commonwealth to, individually or collectively, establish and maintain a collection and recycling program for out-of-service mercury thermostats from wholesalers, contractors and retailers, service technicians and homeowners. Collection and recycling programs must be reviewed and approved by the Department of Environmental Protection (Department). This notice announces the approval of mercury thermostat collection and recycling plans which were submitted to the Department as required by the act.
On August 10, 2009, the Department approved the EWC Controls, Inc. of Englishtown, NJ (EWC Controls) Mercury Thermostat Collection and Recycling Program. EWC Controls is a manufacturing company of forced air zone controls. EWC Controls sold thermostats Nationwide under their brand name through wholesale operations during a period from 1989 to 2007. During that period EWC Controls estimates that they introduced 25,000 pieces countrywide to the marketplace. This collection and recycling program is for EWC Controls Brand name thermostats only. Individuals seeking to recycle EWC Controls Brand mercury thermostats can find more information by visiting the EWC Controls web site at http://www.ewccontrols.com/ by clicking on mercury recycling.
On September 8, 2009, the Department approved the Thermostat Recycling Corporation of Arlington, VA (TRC) Mercury-Switch Thermostat and Recycling Plan. TRC is a nonprofit organization that currently represents 25 manufacturers that have distributed over 60 brands of mercury thermostats. The TRC has supported a voluntary mercury thermostat collection and recycling program in Pennsylvania since 2000. This collection program is now mandatory. Individuals seeking to recycle mercury thermostats under the TRC recycling plan can find collection sites by visiting the TRC web site at http://www.thermostat-recycle.org.
Copies of the approved mercury thermostat collection and recycling plans can be found on the Department's web site at http://depweb.state.pa.us (DEP Keyword: Mercury).
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-1837. Filed for public inspection October 2, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]
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