Alternative ways to recycle
Illegal in Garbage/Recycling & Drains
Contains Mercury
Hazardous Waste

Thermostats require special handling.

Thermostats that contain mercury must be disposed of as hazardous waste. Please visit Thermostat Recycling for drop off locations close to you.

Digital thermostats must be handled as e-waste.



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.

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.