Ohio residents have recycled about 50,000 outdated refrigerators and freezers since 2010 through FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities’ ongoing appliance recycling drive.
The appliance recycling program encourages customers to save money on their electric bills and help the environment by having secondary, energy-inefficient refrigerators and freezers recycled. The program offers easy pickup and rewards customers a $50 incentive for participating.
By recycling 50,000 refrigerators, customers of FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities have returned about 150,000 pounds of aluminum, equal to 4.2 million aluminum cans, back into the manufacturing stream.
“Not only is recycling an outdated fridge or freezer the environmentally responsible thing to do, it’s also financially rewarding,” said Sam Sirkin, JACO Environmental Representative. “By recycling a single fridge, you can make a big impact on your monthly energy bill while helping the environment.”
The appliance recycling program is a convenient way to responsibly dispose of outdated units typically kept in basements and garages.
The program is ongoing and scheduling a pickup is easy. Customers can call 877-545-4112, or visit energysaveOhio.com. Appliances must be in working order when picked up for recycling.
Units picked up through the program are transported to an appliance recycling facility operated by JACO Environmental. JACO safely removes harmful 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 is safely incinerated to generate electricity.