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Invitation to Participate for Colorado HVAC Contractors, Service Managers and Technicians

The thermostat recycling program has been expanded! Certain HVAC contractors are now eligible to obtain their own recycling container.


The thermostat recycling program is a reverse distribution system where HVAC contractors and technicians collect out-of-service thermostats from both household and commercial consumers. The thermostats are placed in special thermostat collection containers at participating facilities. When the collection container is full, the participating facility returns the container to the Thermostat Recycling Corporation in exchange for a new container. The Thermostat Recycling Corporation arranges for recycling of the mercury from the thermostats. See how easy it is to participate in this program by reviewing the information and guidelines for facilities participating in the thermostat recycling program. See also a list of questions and answers for HVAC contractors interested in participating in this program.


For the recycling program to be successful, we need your active support and cooperation. Your role in this program is to retain all out-of-service wall-mounted mercury thermostats that you replace during the course of your work. If you are located in a rural part of the state, or if your facility has seven or more service technicians or furnace installers, please consider obtaining your own collection container to make it as convenient as possible for your employees to turn in old thermostats for recycling. Even if you don't qualify to have your own thermostat collection container, you should take the thermostats you've collected to a participating wholesaler or distributor. If your supplier doesn’t participate in this program, please encourage them to do so!


Originally, only Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) wholesalers and distributors could have collection containers. The idea was that multiple contractors and service technicians would take their thermostats to a central collection point. Experience has shown that larger Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) contractors that maintain their own parts inventory and those in rural parts of the state often don't visit their wholesaler location on a regular basis. The program has therefore been expanded to allow certain Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) contractors to obtain their own containers.

In urban and suburban counties, a contractor must employ seven (7) or more service technicians and/or furnace installers before they are eligible to obtain their own thermostat collection container. In rural counties, any contractor can obtain a collection container because it is often inconvenient for them to travel to a participating wholesaler.

"Rural" is defined as any county not in the Office of Management and Budget's Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA). Review the list of Colorado counties in Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Non-Metropolitan Statistical Areas to see if you are eligible to obtain a thermostat collection container.


There is an initial cost of $25 per collection container, but all other costs of shipment and recycling are borne by the Thermostat Recycling Corporation. To obtain one or more collection bins, please complete the order form and return it to the Thermostat Recycling Corporation for processing.


There is no cost to contractors, technicians or consumers to participate in the program if they take their thermostats to a participating facility that has a collection container.



To learn more about this program, please contact the Mercury-free Colorado Campaign at:


A list of participating wholesalers and contractors in Colorado:

  • Thermostat Recycling Program: Participating Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractors and Wholesalers


For information on the Thermostat Recycling Corporation and thermostat collection results: