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RG&E Demonstrates Refrigerator Recycling at Rochester School
85 Students Get Close-up Look at How Recycling Provides Big Rewards 

Rochester, NY – Representatives from RG&E, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, visited Henry Hudson Elementary School in Rochester to give students and teachers a close-up look at how recycling an outdated refrigerator or freezer can mean big rewards for the environment. RG&E representatives spoke to students about the benefits of appliance recycling. Students then witnessed a “filet-o-fridge” demonstration of the deconstruction process that revealed the variety of materials that make up a refrigerator. More importantly, it explained how industry repurposes those materials for future use.

The RG&E refrigerator recycling program reclaims 95% of each refrigerator, preventing harmful materials from damaging the environment and returning those materials back into the manufacturing stream. 

For students, the filet-o-fridge demonstration taught them about how technology and innovation can save energy, create jobs and conserve natural resources – and how their families can get a $50 incentive for having an inefficient refrigerator or freezer picked up at their homes. Older refrigerators and freezers use as much as three times more electricity to run than newer, more efficient models (1,655 kilowatt-hours per year vs. 450) and cost up to $150 a year in extra energy to operate.

“Children hold the future of this planet in their hands, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to interact with them and teach them about practical, responsible ways to protect our resources,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “Today, these students learned about a form of recycling that goes way beyond cans and bottles and into crucial topics such as energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.”

RG&E residents can participate in the program by calling 1.877.691.0021 (toll-free) or visiting www.rge.com/energyefficiencyprograms. Refrigerators and stand-alone freezers must be in working condition and between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size – standard size for most units.  A check for $50 will arrive within six weeks of pick-up. A maximum of two units per household per year will be accepted.