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AEP offers $50 reward for refrigerator recycling

Published: April 11, 2012 4:00 AM

Spring cleaning means more than just cleaning out closets and vacuuming under furniture -- it is time to recycle that old refrigerator or freezer, and AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, makes it easy with a $50 rebate offer for its customers who schedule to have their old appliance picked up and hauled away for recycling.

AEP Ohio provides its current residential customers an easy and simple alternative to wasting energy and money by keeping their old fridges or freezers running. What is more, customers who part ways with these old appliances can save up to $150 a year in energy costs as a result of lower electricity usage.

Typical refrigerators or freezers kept in basements and garages are outdated units. They waste so much electricity that the convenience of chilling extra leftovers or beverages can come at a steep price. To schedule a free in-home appliance pick up, AEP Ohio customers can call 1-877-545-4112, or see AEPOhio.com. Refrigerators and freezers to be recycled must be in working order with an inside measurement of 10 cubic feet or more. Throw in an old room air conditioner to the pick up, and AEP will recycle it as well.

The old units are sent to an appliance recycling facility operated by JACO Environmental, a national provider of appliance recycling services. JACO converts the old units into recyclable materials while safely removing toxins such as mercury and oils that poison the environment. The process reduces each refrigerator or freezer into 95 percent of materials such as metals and plastics that are returned to the manufacturing stream. Even foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity, returning to the grid some of the energy the old appliances wasted over the years.


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