Kerr Controls Inc. has joined the “Switch the ‘Stat” thermostat replacement and collection program, and now provides the Peninsula with a safe drop off zone for mercury-containing thermostats. Intact thermostats can be dropped off at #5-6782 Veyaness Road in Saanichton, BC. All items collected will be disposed of in ways that do not allow them to contaminate our air, soil or water.
Mercury is a potent neurotoxin and can be taken into the body through the lungs, mouth, skin, or by eating mercury-contaminated fish. Each mercury-containing switch holds over twice the amount of mercury needed to contaminate an eight-hectare lake “to the point where the fish in that lake are inedible for a full year,” says the HRAI (Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada). Older thermostats may hold up to four mercury-filled switches.
By providing landfill alternatives for mercury-containing thermostats, Kerr Controls Inc. aims to help people develop healthy and environmentally-friendly waste disposal habits.
For more information on “Switch the ‘Stat”, visit www.switchthestat.ca