Alternative ways to recycle
Illegal in Garbage & Drains
Contains Mercury
Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

Mercury thermostats are hazardous waste. Handle with care and bring them to a S.A.F.E. Collection Center or another certified drop-off location:

There is a $5 rebate for dropping off mercury thermostats.


How to Check for Mercury

Remove the thermostat’s cover and check if you see a bulb or vial that contains a silver, metallic liquid. This silver, metallic liquid is mercury.

Do Not Throw in the Trash

A thermostat that contains mercury should be disposed of as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), so never throw them in the trash.


Digital Thermostats Are E-Waste

Digital thermostats should be disposed of as e-waste.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

Return to an HVAC Wholesaler

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning  (HVAC) wholesalers are required by law to accept mercury thermostats free of charge. Find collectors who will recycle your thermostat.

Ways to Reduce

Replace Mercury Thermostats

Most thermostats nowadays are made without mercury, so they are less damaging to the environment and more energy efficient. Consider updating your thermostat to save energy and money.