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Reward offered for Ohio's oldest refrigerator

Norwalk Reflector Staff • May 1, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Efficiency Smart is joining forces with several utilities throughout the state to kick off Ohio’s Oldest Refrigerator Contest and will pay a $1,250 prize for the state’s most ancient refrigerator or freezer.

To take part in the contest, customers of participating Efficiency Smart communities simply have to sign up to have their refrigerator or freezer picked up for free and recycled by calling (855) 695-5296 or visiting www.efficiencysmart.org between May 1, 2013 and July 31, 2013. Refrigerators and freezers must be in working order and meet a minimum size requirement (standard kitchen size units usually qualify – see website for details).

The Efficiency Smart customer with the oldest refrigerator recycled during the contest will win $250, and will go on to compete for the title of Ohio’s Oldest Refrigerator and another $1,000 award. The winner will be announced in August.

In addition to the contest, any customer who unplugs and recycles an old, working refrigerator or freezer will earn a $50 incentive and can save big on energy costs. While the contest to win up to $1,250 is limited to May through July, the recycling program and the $50 incentive is available year-round.

Typically, the appliances recycled through the program are older units that are used for extra food and drink storage in garages and basements. But the convenience of chilling an extra six-pack and some leftovers can come at a steep price. Refrigerators manufactured before 1990 can use three times more electricity than newer ones.

Units picked up through the program are transported to advanced appliance recycling facilities in Ohio operated by Efficiency Smart’s appliance recycling contractor, JACO Environmental. JACO safely removes hazardous materials from the old energy-guzzlers, reclaiming 95 percent of the materials in the appliances for reuse in manufacturing new products. Even the foam insulation, frequently containing ozone-depleting CFC gas, is safely incinerated and converted to electricity.

“Running an older refrigerator or freezer wastes precious resources and increases customer’s electricity bills,” said Michael Dunham, Director of Energy and Environmental Programs for JACO Environmental. “It is even more detrimental to the environment if these units are not properly disabled and recycled.”

For information about Efficiency Smart’s appliance recycling initiative, the Oldest Refrigerator in Ohio contest and rules, or other services and incentives available through Efficiency Smart, visit www.efficiencysmart.org or call (877) 889-3777.

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