recycling program exceeds 15,000 units its first year
PPL Electric Utilities, located in Pennsylvania,
estimates that its customers saved 26,000 megawatt-hours of energy
over the past year by participating in the company’s E-power
appliance recycling program.
Since the program’s launch in November 2009, PPL Electric Utilities
customers have recycled more than 15,000 older, energy-wasting
refrigerators, freezers and room air conditioners.
The company contracts with JACO Environmental to manage its appliance
recycling program. Customers are paid $35 for a refrigerator
or freezer, and pickup is free. Customers receive a $25 incentive
for recycling their old room air conditioners, but those must
be recycled along with a refrigerator or freezer. Ninety-five
percent of the materials are recycled and reused.
PPL Electric Utilities’ goal is to recycle about 70,000 appliances
by May 2013.
Older refrigerators or freezers typically are kept in garages
and basements and used to store extra food or beverages. Most
are underused and can cost as much as $150 a year to operate.
In addition to incentives to recycle, E-power also offers customers
rebates on certain energy-efficient appliances such as refrigerators
and clothes washers.
The program is limited to the removal of two units per household
and is available to PPL Electric Utilities residential electric
customers. To qualify, refrigerators and freezers must be in
working order with an inside measurement of 10 cubic feet or