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NYSEG and RG&E Launch Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling Program
Customers receive $30 for recycling energy-wasting second units

Binghamton, NY – NYSEG and RG&E customers now have an incentive and easy way to save up to $150 dollars a year in electricity costs racked up by older, energy-wasting refrigerators or freezers. All they need to do is call to schedule a free pick up – and they’ll receive a $30 incentive payment.

Through the program, appliance recycler JACO Environmental removes the appliances from participating customers’ homes at no charge, then safely dismantles and recycles the energy-guzzling appliances in an environmentally responsible manner.

Many people don’t realize that older refrigerators and freezers require as much as three times more electricity to run than newer models built to higher energy efficiency standards. Current models use about 450 kilowatt-hours (kwh) annually, compared to older units that can use, on average, 1,655 kwh per year.

"Participating in this program is an easy way to instantly improve your home's energy efficiency and start saving money. All you have
to do is schedule a time for your old refrigerator or freezer to be picked up at your home, and we pay a $30 incentive on top of it," said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E.

The recycling program covers the removal of up to two refrigerators and/or stand-alone freezers units per household. Appliances must be in working order and have an inside volume of between 10 and 30 cubic feet.

The units are transported to a dismantling and recycling facility in Syracuse, where toxins are removed and up to 95% of the metals, glass and plastics in each appliance are recycled. Foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity, returning back to the grid some of the energy the old appliances wasted over the years.

For more information and to schedule a free pickup, NYSEG and RG&E customers can call 1.877.691.0021 (toll-free).