Empire State contractors are now required to recycle any mercury-using thermostats they replace.

Under the bill recently signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the law also applies to homeowners or anyone who replaces a thermostat. They are required to take the units to approved collection facilities for recycling.

Thermostat Recycling Corp., a nonprofit funded by 31 manufacturers of thermostats, said that there are approved New York state facilities within its 3,600-location, nationwide network. It also says that its program is the easiest way to comply with the law.

The new law applies to HVAC wholesalers as well. As of July 1, no wholesalers or distributors are allowed to sell thermostats unless it also takes them back for recycling.

More details are available at www.thermostat-recycle.org, Thermostat Recycling Corp.’s website.