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Feb 06th

Receive a gift card for recycling a thermostat at a Hennepin County drop-off facility

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Residents can save energy by replacing a traditional thermostat with a programmable thermostat encourages Hennepin County and Covanta Energy Corporation. Homeowners can save about $180 a year by using a programmable thermostat. Old thermostats contain mercury and must not be placed in the trash, but should be recycled. 

As a thank you for recycling those old thermostats, Covanta Energy is offering a $5 Menards gift card to residents to help reduce the cost of purchasing a programmable thermostat.

To participate in the program, county residents should bring a mercury-containing thermostat to a Hennepin County drop-off facility for recycling. Residents will complete a form and Covanta Energy will mail them a gift card.

“Encouraging residents to conserve energy is a part of the county’s commitment to reducing energy costs and our effect on global climate change, called the Cool County Initiative,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin. “Switching to a programmable thermostat is a low-cost, easy-to-implement action that any resident can take to conserve energy and reduce harmful carbon emissions.”

Covanta Energy operates the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center. "Covanta is very pleased to be partnering with Hennepin County on this important effort to remove mercury from the waste stream," said John Sigmond, business manager of Covanta Hennepin.  "By replacing an old mercury thermostat with a programmable one, residents can help the environment by recycling mercury while improving the energy efficiency of their homes and reducing their heating and cooling bills.”

Hennepin County drop-off facilities are located at 1400 W. 96th St. in Bloomington, and 8100 Jefferson Highway in Brooklyn Park. The facilities are open:
•    Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
•    Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
•    Saturday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This offer is available while supplies last and expires on Dec. 31, 2010. There is a limit of one gift card per household.

For more information on the program, call Hennepin County Environmental Services at (612) 348-3777, or visit

Conserving energy and recycling is making Hennepin a Cool County. Learn more at


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