2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
October 17, 2013 - Introduced by Representatives C. Taylor, Bernard Schaber,
Bewley, Berceau, Clark, Danou, Goyke, Hebl, Hesselbein, Johnson,
Jorgensen, Kahl, Milroy, Ohnstad, Pope, Ringhand, Sargent, Shankland,
Wachs and Young, cosponsored by Senators Miller,
Erpenbach, Hansen, Harris, Jauch, Lassa, Lehman, Risser, Wirch and T.
Cullen. Referred to Committee on Environment and Forestry.
1An Act to amend
287.95 (1); and to create
20.370 (2) (ht), 25.46 (23), 287.07 (6) 2
and 287.165 of the statutes; relating to: the sale, collection, and recycling of
3mercury-added thermostats, the disposal of mercury-added products,
4granting rule-making authority, making an appropriation, and providing a
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Recycling thermostats containing mercury
This bill requires a manufacturer that sells or sold thermostats that contain
mercury (mercury-added thermostats) in this state to implement a recycling plan
approved by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for collecting and recycling
mercury-added thermostats. The plan must contain provisions for education and
outreach, for ensuring that collection and recycling are conducted in accordance with
DNR's rules, for the furnishing of containers to wholesalers and collectors, and for
financial incentives for the return of mercury-added thermostats. The bill also
imposes annual reporting requirements on manufacturers. If a manufacturer does
not comply with the requirements, the bill prohibits the manufacturer from selling
any kind of thermostat in this state and prohibits wholesalers and retailers from
selling any of the manufacturer's thermostats in this state.
The bill prohibits a wholesaler from selling or distributing any kind of
thermostat unless the wholesaler collects used mercury-added thermostats. The bill
prohibits a retailer from selling or distributing any kind of thermostat unless the
retailer participates in a program to educate consumers on the collection of
mercury-added thermostats. The bill requires a contractor that demolishes a
building to first remove any mercury-added thermostats. The bill also requires a
contractor who removes a mercury-added thermostat from a building to deliver the
old thermostat to a wholesaler or collector.
Disposal of mercury-added products
Current law prohibits various items, including lead acid batteries and major
appliances, from being disposed of in landfills and from being incinerated. This bill
prohibits products to which mercury is intentionally added from being knowingly
disposed of in landfills and from being knowingly incinerated.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
20.370 (2) (ht) of the statutes is created to read:
(ht) Mercury-added thermostat recycling.
From the environmental 3
fund, all moneys received under s. 287.165 (2) (e) for administration of the 4
mercury-added thermostat recycling program under s. 287.165.
25.46 (23) of the statutes is created to read:
The moneys received under s. 287.165 (2) (e).
287.07 (6) of the statutes is created to read:
287.07 (6) Mercury-added products.
(a) In this subsection, "mercury-added 9
product" has the meaning given in s. 299.49 (1) (a).
(b) Beginning on January 1, 2015, no person may knowingly dispose of a 11
mercury-added product in a solid waste disposal facility, burn a mercury-added 12
product in a solid waste treatment facility, or place a mercury-added thermostat in 13
a container the contents of which will be disposed of in a solid waste disposal facility 14
or burned in a solid waste treatment facility.
(c) 1. Beginning on January 1, 2015, the operator of a solid waste disposal 2
facility may not knowingly accept a mercury-added product for disposal in the solid 3
waste disposal facility.
2. Beginning on January 1, 2015, the operator of a solid waste treatment 5
facility may not knowingly accept a mercury-added product for burning in the solid 6
waste treatment facility.
287.165 of the statutes is created to read:
8287.165 Mercury-added thermostat recycling. (1) Definitions.
In this 9
(a) "Contractor" means a person who is engaged in the business of installing 11
heating, ventilating, or air-conditioning components or in the business of 12
(b) "Manufacturer" means a person who produces or produced mercury-added 14
thermostats for sale under its own brand or who sells or sold under its own brand 15
mercury-added thermostats produced by another.
(c) "Mercury-added thermostat" has the meaning given in s. 299.49 (1) (b).
(d) "Registered collector" means a person who collects mercury-added 18
thermostats and who is registered under sub. (6) (c) 1.
(e) "Retailer" means a person who sells thermostats to homeowners and other 20
individuals who are not wholesalers or contractors.
(f) "Thermostat" means a product or device that senses and controls room 22
temperature through communication with heating, ventilating, or air-conditioning 23
(g) "Wholesaler" means a person who is engaged in the distribution and sale 25
of heating, ventilating, or air-conditioning components to contractors.
1(2) Manufacturer responsibility.
A manufacturer who sold or distributed 2
mercury-added thermostats in this state shall do all of the following, individually 3
or in conjunction with other manufacturers:
(a) No later than April 30, 2014, submit to the department a plan for a program 5
to collect and recycle mercury-added thermostats that includes all of the following:
1. Education and outreach for wholesalers, retailers, contractors, and 7
homeowners, including the provision of education and outreach materials to 8
wholesalers and retailers at no cost.
2. Provisions to ensure the collection and recycling of mercury-added 10
thermostats in accordance with ch. NR 673, Wis. Adm. Code.
3. The furnishing of containers to wholesalers for returning mercury-added 12
thermostats for recycling at no cost other than an initial, reasonable fee per 13
4. The furnishing of containers to registered collectors for returning 15
mercury-added thermostats for recycling, at no cost other than an initial, reasonable 16
fee per container.
5. A financial incentive of at least $5 per thermostat for the return of 18
mercury-added thermostats by a contractor to a wholesaler, in the form of cash or 19
a coupon that is redeemable for cash by the contractor.
6. A financial incentive of at least $5 per thermostat for the return of 21
mercury-added thermostats by a homeowner or other individual who is not a 22
contractor to a registered collector, in one of the following forms:
b. A coupon that is redeemable for cash by the homeowner or other individual.
c. If the registered collector is a retailer, a coupon that may be used toward the 2
purchase of any merchandise from the retailer.
(b) No later than January 1, 2015, implement a program for the collection and 4
recycling of mercury-added thermostats in accordance with a plan under par. (a) 5
that is approved by the department under sub. (6) (b).
(c) No later than April 30, 2015, submit to the department a report containing 7
data showing its national sales of mercury-added thermostats for each year from 8
1958 to 2014.
(d) No later than April 1 annually, beginning in 2016, submit to the department 10
a report that includes all of the following:
1. The number of mercury-added thermostats collected and recycled under the 12
manufacturer's collection and recycling program during the previous year in the 13
United States and in each state.