The Flin Flon Recycling Centre is accepting old fully intact thermostats for safe disposal through the Thermostat Recovery Program. Their Administrator Deb Odegaard says it’s more than just recycling noting the main concern is older thermostats have mercury inside them in the switches and mercury is a very potent toxin that infects the nervous systems of people and animals. She says in fact only one gram will contaminate an eight hectare lake so that the fish can’t be eaten for a year so they want to keep that out of the environment so sure and then recycle all the other parts.
Odegaard adds any thermostat that is no longer being used will be recycled even if it does not contain mercury. Fully intact thermostats can be dropped off at the Recycling Centre in a clearly marked box or container. For information you can call them at 204-687-6169.