IEPA and PSI Thermostat Pilot Program 2015-2016
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The Problem

Many older household thermostats contain mercury—a toxic heavy metal that can cause serious health problems when it enters the environment. Recycling your thermostat is an easy way to negate the negative public health effects mercury can pose.


A Solution

Recycle your old mercury thermostat and replace it with a programmable, digital thermostat. You'll save energy and money, and protect the environment.  

Through October 15, 2016, you'll earn a $5 coupon for every mercury thermostat you recycle at participating Ace and TrueValue stores. Use the coupon to buy a new digital thermostat or any other supplies you may need (standard Ace and TrueValue coupon restrictions apply). Please recycle no more than 4 thermostats at a time to any one location. 

This pilot program provides residents and small heating and cooling contractors with easy, convenient locations for dropping off and recycling their mercury thermostats. Just follow these instructions:

  1. Remove mercury-containing thermostats from your home or the buildings you service or maintain.
  2. Bring the mercury thermostats to any of the Ace and TrueValue stores listed below whose staff will place them in the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) recycling bin.
  3. Get a $5 coupon from the store clerk for each recycled thermostat. 
  4. Use the coupon(s) immediately in that store to buy a digital thermostat or any other supplies you may need (standard Ace/TrueValue coupon restrictions apply). 
  5. We ask that you return no more than 4 thermostats at a time to any single store location. 

Recycle your thermostat and earn $5 today!
Visit one of the collection locations below. 


Participating Stores

 Store Name

 Address   City   Zip Code 
 Hometown Ace Hardware  6938 W. Main St.  Belleville  62223
 Ace Hardware  320 Meadow St.  Belvidere  61008
 Johnson Ace Hardware  1 Airway Ct  Bethalto  62010
 Batson Ace Hardware  426 E. Maine St.   Bushnell  61422
 Ace Hardware  111 East 1st North St.  Carlinville  62626
 Ace Hardware  2021 S. Neil St.  Champaign  61820
 Ace Hardware  2811 W. Kirby Ave.  Champaign  61821
 Ace Hardware  1320 E. Street  Charleston  61920
 Ace Hardware  1200 N. Main St.   Chatham  62629
 Chester Ace Hardware  950 Chester Center  Chester  15079
 Gordon's Ace Hardware  24 W. Maple  Chicago  60610
 Gordon's Ace Hardware  680 N. Lake Shore Dr.  Chicago  60611
 Gordon's Ace Hardware  3011 N. Clark St.  Chicago  60657
 Gordon's Ace Hardware  440 N. Orleans St.  Chicago  60605
 Gordon's Ace Hardware  725 S. State St.  Chicago  60605
 Gordon's Ace Hardware  3145 S. Ashland  Chicago  60608
 Cotton's Ace Hardware  229 N. Main St.  Columbia   62236
 Ace Hardware  2809 N. Main St.  Decatur  62526
 Kenney's Ace Hardware  2880 S. Mt. Zion Rd.  Decatur  62521
 DuQuoin Ace Hardware  1258 S. Washington St.  DuQuoin  14974
 Ziegler's Ace Hardware  215 N. Spring St.  Elgin  60120
 Energy Ace Hardware  635 N. Pershing St.  Energy  62933
 Ace Hardware  1050 E. Fort St.  Farmington  61531
 Harr's Ace Hardware  836 W. North Ave.  Flora  62839
 Fox Lake Ace  107 Town Centre Ln.  Fox Lake  60020
 Leader Ace Hardware  980 Route 22  Fox River Grove  60021
 Ace Hardware of Freeburg  104 Marketplace Drive  Freeburg  14201
 Geneva Ace Hardware  617 W. State St.  Geneva  60134
 Nena Ace Hardware  505 Jubilee Ln.  Germantown Hills  61548
 Ace Hardware  119-129 N. Sangamon Ave.  Gibson City  60936
 Ace Hardware  207 W. Main St.   Havana  62644
 Ace Hardware  300 Springfield Rd.   Hillsboro  62049
 Ace Hardware  900 W. Morton Ave.   Jacksonville  62650
 Ace Hardware  521 N. Kickapoo St.  Lincoln  62656
 Ace Hardware  840 Eastwood Ctr., Ste. 9D  Mahomet  61853
 Trevor True Value   2842 16th St.   Moline  61265 
 Buikema's Ace Hardware  1030 N. Washington St.  Naperville  60563
 Buikema's Ace Hardware  5035 Ace Ln.  Naperville  60564
 Buikema's Ace Hardware  963 West 75th St.  Naperville  60565
 Ace Hardware  204 E. College Ave.   Normal  61761
 Lavery Ace Hardware  600 Southview Plz., Ste 1  O'Fallon   62269
 Ace Hardware  2101 Court St.  Pekin  61554
 Ace Hardware  1415 W. Forrest Hill Ave.  Peoria  61604
 Buikema's Ace Hardware  2240 Illinois Route 59  Plainfield  60586
 Ace Hardware  203 E. Livingston St.  Pontiac  61764
 Rantoul Ace Hardware  1223 Grove Ave.  Rantoul  61866
 Cotton's Ace Hardware  1350 S. Main St.  Red Bud  62278
 Ace Hardware  1605 N. Alpine Rd.  Rockford  61107
 Buikema's Ace Hardware  445 Weber Rd.  Romeoville  60446
 Ace Hardware  214 N. Walnut St.  Springfield  62702
 Ace Hardware  1600 Wabash Ave.  Springfield  62704
 Ace Hardware  1713 W. Spresser St.  Taylorville  62568 
 Buikema's Ace Hardware  1705 N. Main St.  Wheaton  60187
 Buikema's Ace Hardware  90 E. Loop Rd.   Wheaton  60189



A Little Background

This pilot program is operated by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). Through this program, PSI and IEPA aim to protect public health by increasing awareness of the need and opportunity to recycle mercury thermostats.

This program builds on the 2010 Illinois thermostat recycling law, which requires the thermostat industry to set up collection and recycling programs for mercury thermostats. The Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) was created by the industry to collect and recycle mercury thermostats, reducing waste and saving taxpayers and local governments money. While the law encourages heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) contractors and service technicians to recycle mercury thermostats, and HVAC wholesalers to serve as collection sites, many homeowners and smaller contractors don’t know that these collection sites exist. Furthermore, many may not realize the dangers mercury can pose, or the energy and cost savings they can reap from new digital thermostats. To promote this special pilot program for homeowners and small contractors, TRC offers free collection bins to participating hardware stores, normally a $25 per bin value.

The program also helps participating retailers build a positive reputation as community and environmental service providers, while increasing customer loyalty, foot traffic, and sales -- all at little cost to them. If you have questions about the program, please contact Becky Jayne of Illinois EPA at (217) 524-9642 or Suna Bayrakal of PSI at (617) 671-0616.




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