Thermostat Recycling (TRC) announced that Johnstone Supply, Famous Supply and Geary Pacific are the 2021 Banish Mercury Off the Planet (BMOP) winners. 

The annual competition among Heating Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) members recovered 239 pounds of mercury from 70 member companies, increasing more than 16 pounds from last year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, more than 380 branch locations returned collection bins during the contest period, from May 1 to October 31. 

"Our distributor partners never stopped collecting and safely recycling mercury-containing thermostats despite all the difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Danielle Myers, operations & compliance manager, TRC. “They have demonstrated good business awareness and sound environmental practices year after year. In the collection of mercury-containing thermostat recovery, there is no equal to HARDI distributors.” 

TRC released the names of the BMOP winners during HARDI's Annual Conference, December 6.

Distributor prize winners are:

  • Johnstone Supply recycled the most pounds of mercury at 87.8;
  • Famous Supply recycled the highest average pounds of mercury with 3.0 pounds; and
  • Geary Pacific had the highest participation rate of 34%.