How to Properly Dispose of Old Thermostats

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If you have an old thermostat that needs to be replaced, it's important to dispose of it properly to avoid any harm to the environment. Most old thermostats contain mercury, which is a hazardous material that can be harmful if not handled correctly.

The best way to dispose of an old thermostat is to take it to a recycling facility or a designated drop-off location in your area. Many recycling programs accept thermostats and properly handle the mercury content. Check with your local recycling center for specific instructions and locations.

If your old thermostat is still in working condition, consider donating it to a local repair shop or a charitable organization. This way, it can be reused and avoid ending up in a landfill.