Legislative Memo

Darren Suarez
Manager of Government Affairs
T 518.465.7511


S.4833 (Avella)



Mercury-Containing Thermostat Recycling



May 9, 2011


The Business Council supports the intent of this bill – to promote the proper disposal of mercury-containing thermostats – we disagree with key components of S.4833, and oppose its approval.

We have a number of concerns with this proposal:

Thermostat manufacturers have been proactive in promoting the collection and proper management of mercury-containing thermostats, and have established the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (http://www.thermostat-recycle.org/) that operates a nationwide reverse distribution system for their products.  We believe that thermostat recycling programs can be successful, without narrowly imposed burdensome fees, if there is reasonably shared responsibilities among manufacturers, distributors and contractors.

We believe there are more efficient and effective approaches to promoting environmentally sound thermostat management than that proposed in S.4833, therefore we oppose its approval.