SaskPower launches mercury thermostat recycling program
REGINA, SASK-In keeping with its commitment to environmental responsibility, SaskPower is launching a mercury thermostat recycling program to ensure the safe collection and recycling of mercury from old household thermostats. The utility is inviting its customers to drop off their standard, household wall-mounted thermostat to a participating SaskPower customer service office in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Yorkton, Moose Jaw, Swift Current or Weyburn. Leaking or damaged thermostats or other products with mercury will not be accepted as part of this program, and customers are urged to not remove the mercury from an old thermostat, but to bring the entire unit to SaskPower for recycling. "SaskPower customers are increasingly buying new energy efficient thermostats to replace their older wall-mounted household thermostats that contain mercury. Through this new program, SaskPower will ensure that the mercury from those older household thermostats is not released into our air, land and water," said John Nilson, Minister responsible for SaskPower. More information about the program is available from Larry Christie at 306/566-3167 or on SaskPower's Web site, www.saskpower.com.