Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC) released its first-quarter results of collection locations that have recycled thermostats between Jan. 1 and March 31.
Johnstone Supply leads the list of 278 collection locations where at least one thermostat, was recycled, followed by R.E. Michel and newcomer Wheelabrator Technologies with their affiliated accounts. The top 10 list and the number of thermostats they collected are: Johnstone Supply (3289); R.E. Michel Company (2724); Wheelabrator Technologies (1145); United Refrigeration (931); Lennox Parts Plus (753); Watsco Owned Distribution (487); Rise Engineering (464) U.S Air Conditioning Distributors (435); Gustave A. Larson (351); and F.W. Webb (347).
“We are heartened by these committed collection locations who have made it a goal and a company policy to recycle mercury containing thermostats whenever possible,” said Ryan Kiscaden, executive director, Thermostat Recycling Corp. “What is most surprising is the strength of these companies' collections that don't necessarily occupy a national footprint. For example, locations located in Massachusetts are up 89 percent.”
Kiscaden said that the success of TRC's collection efforts have reduced the number of recycled units, while adding cost to the per unit collection. He also illustrated the reduced collection numbers by noting that the top 10 collection locations that collected and recycled thermostats in the first quarter 2016 was 21,812 units compared with 10,926 in the first quarter 2018, resulting in a decrease of 49.9 percent.