New York’s mercury recycling program one of worst in the nation

Apr 3, 2013


NYPIRG has released a national report documenting the failures of a manufacturer-led thermostat recycling program across the country.

The report, Turning up the Heat II, contrasts the dismal performance of the industry’s voluntary collection program in New York and other states to those that have mandatory buy-back programs like Maine and Vermont.

New York ranks 37th in the nation in terms of per capita collection rates – down from 31st in the nation three years ago. 

Environmental, public health and municipal recycling advocates are calling on the New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo to adopt a strong thermostat collection law this year.