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Mercury Thermostat Recycling


In addition to the myriad recycling programs at our stores, all Cole Hardware locations are now drop-off recycling centers for mercury  thermostats, which contain  approximately 1,000 times more mercury than a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) or fluorescent tube. When the mercury bulbs from thermostats are put in the regular trash, they can wind up in landfills, where the mercury could then leach into our water supply. Luckily, in partnership with Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC), we’re here to make recycling mercury thermostats easy.

An industry-funded nonprofit, TRC’s mercury thermostat recycling program provides a safe way that is free and easy for you to dispose of mercury thermostats. Simply bring the thermostats with you to drop off on your next visit to any of our stores, and we will take care of the rest with TRC. Since TRC’s founding, it has recycled over 1.7 million thermostats and kept more than 8 tons of mercury out of the waste stream. Let’s keep more mercury out of our landfills!