Iowa Code 455D.16 establishes a program for the collection and recycling of mercury thermostats. The major provisions of the law are:
- Ban on the sale of mercury thermostats starting July 1, 2009
- Mercury thermostats must be managed as hazardous or universal waste
- Manufacturers will develop and implement a plan for recycling mercury thermostats
- Wholesalers will act as collection points
- Retailers will provide recycling information to consumers
- Collection goals to be set by department by January 1, 2009, in consultation with stakeholders
To find a thermostat collection point near you or to become a collection point, please go to: http://www.thermostat-recycle.org/
The owner of a brand of mercury thermostats that was sold in the state of Iowa is required to submit a plan for the collection of thermostats.
The following two plans have been approved:
The law also requires that the Department of Natural Resources submit a report to the legislature each January and that manufacturers report to the DNR in April of each year.