A South Korean university professor, Yongseok Hong, visited the APR Supply Co. branch Aug. 26, 2014, in Harrisburg, Pa., to see a demonstration of the mercury reclamation program overseen by Thermostat Recycling Corp.

The group then went to Bethlehem Apparatus in Bethlehem, Pa., to see how the used thermostat mercury collected at facilities such as APR is handled.

Michael Magill, a branch manager at APR, said the company is big supporter of the program.

“The TRC program is easy to implement at our branches, good for the environment and offers a service that is valued by our customers,” he said.

Ryan Kiscaden, a senior account executive at the HVAC manufacturer-sponsored TRC, said the program is made to be efficient for HVAC wholesalers.

“Our manufacturer-funded program is intended to be turn-key for collection sites,” he said. “At APR Supply Co., you see how easy it is to reclaim mercury thermostats using our reverse distribution program. South Korea can learn from the simplicity in our process and the increasing willingness from the channel to do the right thing.”