(415 ILCS 98/5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 5. Legislative findings. The General Assembly finds that:
        (1) many older thermostats used to activate heating
    
and cooling equipment contain mercury as part of a tilt switch component in the thermostat;
        (2) the total amount of mercury used in each of those
    
thermostats averages about 4 grams;
        (3) millions of mercury-containing thermostats are
    
still in use in homes and businesses in the United States;
        (4) mercury in those thermostats poses a risk to
    
human health and the environment if those thermostats are not properly managed at the end of their useful life;
        (5) the major thermostat manufacturers have
    
established a voluntary program to facilitate the collection and proper management of mercury thermostats taken out of service;
        (6) the annual average of mercury-containing
    
thermostats collected for recycling in Illinois under the existing voluntary collection program from 2006 to 2008 was 4,433;
        (7) thousands of mercury-containing thermostats are
    
taken out of service annually in the State;
        (8) it is in the public interest to achieve a
    
significant increase in the collection and proper management of mercury thermostats taken out of service in the State;
        (9) the manufacturers' program collects whole,
    
intact mercury thermostats and warns against including loose mercury ampoules in collection bins, but participants frequently include loose mercury ampoules in collection bins.
(Source: P.A. 99-122, eff. 7-23-15.)