TRENTON – New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities’ Clean Energy Program™ is helping residents with their spring cleaning. All it takes is the decision to part ways with that second refrigerator or freezer and you can make a little extra money, save more money through lower electric bills and create extra garage or basement space.
For New Jersey residents who decide they really don’t need the extra cold storage, New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program offers any state resident a $50 incentive for having older, energy-wasting refrigerators or freezers picked up (labor included) and transported to a recycling plant.
Older refrigerators and freezers can consume up to three times more electricity than newer models manufactured to higher energy standards. Without them, people can save up to $150 a year in electric costs.
“Besides consuming three to four times the energy of newer, more efficient refrigerators, old refrigerators contain toxins which pose a significant threat to the environment when improperly discarded,” said Board of Public Utilities President Lee A. Solomon. “This program helps save energy, protects the environment and offers residents a $50 rebate to schedule an appointment to have their appliance picked up.”
People taking advantage of the program are also doing their share to protect the environment. The old units are sent to an East Brunswick de-manufacturing facility operated by JACO Environmental, a national provider of appliance recycling services. JACO’s process includes the recycling of nearly 95 percent of each refrigerator including metals, plastic, oils and the foam insulation. The foam removed from the appliances contains chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases which, if improperly disposed of, can have harmful effects on the ozone. JACO removes and bags the foam and then has it incinerated where the heat generated from that incineration process is then used to create new energy.
To schedule a free, in-home pick up of a refrigerator or freezer for recycling, New Jersey electric customers can call 1-877-270-3520 or visit NJCleanEnergy.com. 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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