California is taking major steps to increase the collection and recycling of thermostats containing mercury. The NEWS published an article announcing that The California Department of Toxic Substances Control has proposed regulations that establish performance goals for collecting and recycling mercury thermostats. This sets the stage for other states to propose similar regulations for proper disposal of mercury thermostats in order to keep mercury out of the water supply.
The proposed regulations would require manufactures to collect and recycle over 65,000 mercury-containing thermostats in 2013 which is 30 percent of the estimated total number of mercury thermostats becoming waste. These goals would increase each year until 2017, in order to reach the final goal of a 75 percent collection and recycling rate.
The proposed regulations would require manufacturers who formerly sold mercury thermostats to meet these recycling goals either through participation in the Thermostat Recycling Corporation or an independently sponsored program.
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Read the complete article in The NEWS by clicking here.