Energy recycles 35,000 units
DTE Energy has a program to pick up and recycle
old refrigerators and freezers. If a consumer buys a new refrigerator
or freezer after July 26 at a participating Sears store, they
can select a convenient time for a crew to deliver the new unit
to their home, and haul away the old unit, free of charge. Replacing
an old inefficient refrigerator or freezer can save customers
as much as $150 per year on energy costs.
The program, which is part of the Your Energy
Savings initiative at DTE Energy, has recycled 35,000 older refrigerators
and freezers since it began in 2009. All of the recycled collected
appliances are taken apart at a recycling plant in Livonia, operated
by JACO Environmental. Ninety-five percent of the materials in
the refrigerators are recycled, and various hazardous materials
Program participants will receive their $40 reward by mail in
4 to 6 weeks.