You don't need to do the heavy lifting if you're trying to get rid of an old appliance. In fact, there is a program out there that aims to recycle refrigerators and freezers and they will do all the heavy lifting.
It’s called I&M’s Appliance Recycling Program. All you need to do is schedule a complimentary pick-up and wait to receive your $40 check in the mail.
The goal is to provide customers with energy and cost savings while encouraging them to get rid of those old appliances they have been holding on to.
“A bigger benefit to you is the ongoing savings on an annual basis depending on the age of the refrigerator you generally save up to $150 a year on your energy bills,” explains Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator Lynn Adamson.
If you schedule a pick-up, JACO Environment will be the group and comes to get the appliance free of charge. They will then tear the appliance apart and recycle each part.
“When your refrigerator and freezer are recycled, 95 percent of what goes into a refrigerator are recycled so the plastics and metals are all recycled and then the harmful chemicals are taken out and processed as mandated so they're not released into the environment as well. So literally you only have a very little bit of the refrigerator that's actually thrown away in the trash when it's all said and done,” says Adamson.
If you have a refrigerator or freezer you are wanting to get out of your house make sure they are in working order and have an inside measurement of 10 cubic feet or more. Also, the program is limited to removal of two units per household.
If you appliance follows these guidelines you can click here to get started.
If you have an appliance that DOESN’T work, click here.