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New rules for thermostat disposal: Your Stories

A new year brings a new state law when it comes to disposing of old thermostats – specifically ones that use the hazardous chemical mercury.
Sracuse (WSYR-TV) – A new year brings a new state law when it comes to disposing of old thermostats – specifically ones that use the hazardous chemical mercury.

Most older, wall mounted thermostats contain mercury, which can be dangerous to people and the environment if they’re broken – which is why they can’t be thrown away.

Under a new law that begins on July 1, thermostat manufacturers must establish a system to collect, transport, recycle, and dispose of them.

That means they’re required to provide collection containers and handling information to retailers.

The state is hoping to collect more than 15,000 thermostats.

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