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Thermostats

A control device typically used in a heating and/or cooling system to maintain a set temperature. Older models contain liquid mercury and are considered hazardous waste. Newer models are electronic and considered electronic waste when non-working.

Household Hazardous Waste

This item should never be put in a curbside bin. For more information visit our household hazardous waste page.

In the old style of thermostats, not the newer electronic kind, there is mercury inside the sealed glass tilt switch. Properly recycling mercury thermostats is the law.

Residents, contractors, and businesses all qualify for rebates of up to $5 per mercury thermostat. There are 350+  collection sites in CA. Find the nearest one and claim rebates here.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Alameda County Business Hazardous Waste Program (Fremont Facility) 41149 Boyce Rd. Fremont Recycle Paid Drop-off
Alameda County Business Hazardous Waste Program (Hayward Facility) 2091 West Winton Avenue Hayward Recycle Paid Drop-off
Alameda County Business Hazardous Waste Program (Livermore Facility) 5584 La Ribera Street Livermore Recycle Paid Drop-off
Alameda County Business Hazardous Waste Program (Oakland Facility) 2100 East 7th Street Oakland Recycle Paid Drop-off
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program (Fremont Facility) 41149 Boyce Rd. Fremont Recycle Free Drop-off  
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program (Hayward Facility) 2091 West Winton Avenue Hayward Recycle Free Drop-off  
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program (Livermore Facility) 5584 La Ribera Street Livermore Recycle Free Drop-off  
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program (Oakland Facility) 2100 East 7th Street Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off  
American Refrigeration Supplies Inc. 145 11th St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Brownies Hardware 1563 Polk St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
City of Palo Alto Household Hazardous Waste Station Program 2501 Embarcadero Way Palo Alto Safe Disposal Free Drop-off Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
Clean Earth (AERC) (Hayward) 30677 Huntwood Ave Hayward Safe Disposal Paid Drop-off
Cole Hardware 345 9th St San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Cole Hardware 70 4th St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Cole Hardware 956 Cole St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Cole Hardware 2254 Polk St. San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Cole Hardware (Rockridge) 5533 College Ave Oakland Safe Disposal Free Drop-off mercury thermostats
Cole Hardware, Vallejo St. 627 Vallejo St San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Controlco 35 Dorman Ave San Francisco Safe Disposal Free Drop-off
Delta HHW Collection Facility 2550 Pittsburg-Antioch Hwy Antioch Safe Disposal Free Drop-off, Paid Drop-off

Curbside Service

Special Action Note
Alameda
Albany
Berkeley
Castro Valley Sanitary District
Residents can drop off thermostats (the entire thermostat) at CVSan offices. Do not remove the mercury switch or cover.
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Dublin
Emeryville
Fremont
Hayward
Hayward (Oro Loma - L2)
Livermore
Newark
Oakland
Piedmont
Pleasanton
San Leandro
San Leandro (Oro Loma - L3)
San Lorenzo (Oro Loma)
Unincorporated Oro Loma (L1)
Union City

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