Three HARDI distributors were honored by Thermostat Recycling Corp. for their part in helping to reduce mercury pollution.

Baker Distributing Co., Johnson Supply and USAirconditioning Distributors were recognized Oct. 25, 2011, at HARDI’s annual meeting on Hawaii’s Maui Island.

“It comes with great pleasure to recognize the contributions this impressive group made to the TRC program and the examples they set,” said Mark Tibbetts, executive director of Thermostat Recycling Corp. “During the summer months, this year’s winners helped divert over 57 pounds of mercury from solid waste through their collection efforts.”

The Mercury Thermostat Recycling Awards program recognizes the contribution of HARDI distributors who demonstrate a commitment to the environment by promoting thermostat recycling and helping keep mercury out of the waste stream.

Baker Distributing Co. of Jacksonville, Fla., was given the Mercury Thermostat Promoter Award. The company is collecting mercury thermostats at over 220 locations nationwide. The company implemented a campaign that targeted both employees and customers. Baker Distributing reached customers through a number of channels including its monthly newsletters and TRC promotional materials in all Baker locations.

Johnson Supply of Houston was also presented with the Mercury Thermostat Promoter Award. It is collecting mercury thermostats at its 23 locations throughout Texas and Louisiana. Each Johnson Supply location has a recycling container in a visible location, all its employees are familiar with the program, and they work to educate Johnson Supply customers on the importance and impact of the TRC program. Among other promotional activities, Johnson Supply added a tag line to each invoice stating its thermostat recycling efforts. In August 2011, the company promoted the program through a $1 credit on their Johnson Supply tool card for each thermostat returned. Johnson Supply also included a color print advertisement in its summer catalog, seen by thousands of its customers.

The Mercury Thermostat Recycling Heavyweight and Pound-for-Pound Award went to USAirconditioning Distributors. The company is collecting mercury thermostats at its 43 locations in the Western U.S. and Florida. US Airconditioning Distributors has actively promoted the recycling of mercury thermostats and its customers have embraced the program. During the summer months, US Airconditioning Distributors locations shipped TRC over 2,100 waste mercury thermostats keeping 29 pounds of mercury out of solid waste.