The removal and recycling of an old, inefficient refrigerator or freezer will help homeowners save money by lowering their electric use, while helping to protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Since 2001, federal energy efficiency standards have resulted in new refrigerators and freezers that consume less energy. Current models use about 450 kWh annually, compared to older units that consume up to 1,500 kWh per year.
New Jersey residents can now receive $50 for turning in older, inefficient refrigerators and freezers, a $20 increase from the original incentive offered by the Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling through New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities’ (BPU) Clean Energy Program (CEP). In addition to the $50 incentive and the free, in-home pick up service, customers will also experience significant energy cost savings. More than 6,000 refrigerators and freezers in New Jersey were recycled in 2009 which is equivalent to more than $7.2 million in lifetime energy cost savings.
The Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling program is not a traditional rebate program since purchase of a new appliance is not necessary. To receive the $50, New Jersey customers only have to schedule a pick up to have their old, working refrigerator or freezer removed. The process is simple and convenient for consumers. Appliance recycler, JACO Environmental, will then take the old unit to its recycling plant in East Brunswick, NJ. There, refrigerators and freezers are recycled through a process that returns 95 percent of their materials back to manufacturing. The recycling process also safely extracts various toxic components that are found inside refrigerators, including contaminated oils, mercury and CFCs, which may deplete the ozone layer.
To schedule a pick up of a refrigerator or freezer for recycling, customers of Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Central Power & Light, PSE&G, and Rockland Electric Company may call 1-877-270-3520 or visit NJCleanEnergy.com. Both refrigerators and freezers are eligible for the recycling program. The program is limited to removal of two units per household. Appliances to be recycled must be in working order and between 10 and 30 cubic feet, using inside measurements.
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