Traditional thermostats from homes and businesses contain a small vial of mercury inside. Mercury is a hazardous substance that can be released into the environment if not handled correctly. Placing mercury containing items into your trash presents a hazard to the people involved in trash collection and processing, and when the vial is broken will release that mercury to contaminate groundwater or surface waters like lakes and ponds.
For more information on the dangers of mercury: https://www.maine.gov/dep/mercury/
For more information on mercury thermostats and recycling: https://www.maine.gov/dep/mercury/hgthermo.html
The Bath Landfill will accept your mercury-containing thermostat.
The tip fee is $1.00
Several local retailers will accept mercury-containing thermostats for free and might even give you a coupon or cash reward.
You can try:
9 Redlon Road
Rocky’s Ace Hardware
55 Congress Avenue
6 Bull Rock Bridge Road
Ames Supply True Value
447 Bath Road