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TRC Names 'Banish Mercury Off the Planet' Winners

Dec. 13, 2021
HARDI members recovered 239 pounds of mercury in 2021.

New York, NY Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC) announced today that Johnstone Supply, Famous Supply and Geary Pacific are the 2021 "Banish Mercury Off the Planet" (BMOP) winners.

The annual competition among Heating Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) members recovered 239 pounds of mercury from 70 member companies, increasing more than 16 pounds from last year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, more than 380 branch locations returned collection bins during the contest period, from May 1 to Oct. 31.

"Our distributor partners never stopped collecting and safely recycling mercury-containing thermostats despite all the difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Danielle Myers, operations and compliance
manager, TRC. “They have demonstrated good business awareness and sound environmental practices year after year. In the collection of mercury-containing thermostat recovery, there is no equal to HARDI distributors.”

TRC released the names of the BMOP winners during HARDI's Annual Conference, Dec. 6.

Distributor Winners are:

  • Johnstone Supply recycled the most pounds of mercury at 87.8.
  • Famous Supply recycled the highest average number of pounds of mercury, 3.0 pounds. 
  • Geary Pacific had the highest participation rate of 34%.

Top 3 Branches for Recycling

Geary Pacific, Riverside, CA                       8.816 pounds

G. W. Berkheimer Co., Aurora, IL               8.525 pounds

R.E. Michel, Norristown, PA                        7.948 pounds 

Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) is a nonprofit, stewardship organization that facilitates and manages the collection and proper disposal of mercury-containing thermostats. Originally founded in 1998 by Honeywell, White-Rodgers, and General Electric as a voluntary venture, it was established to promote the safe collection and proper disposal of mercury-containing thermostats. Today, 30 manufacturers support the program. Its members' continuing financial support demonstrates their commitment to a cleaner environment, with a simple, collective goal: Keep mercury out of the waste stream in order to protect the environment.  Today, more than 3,600 businesses and communities in 48 states are enrolled in TRC's program. Since its founding, TRC has collected more than 2.7 million mercury-containing thermostats that have kept 12 tons of mercury out of the waste stream.