2013-06-13 / Community

Program offers residents cash for appliances

Refrigerators, freezers will be picked up free

MANISTIQUE – A U.P. wide appliance recycling program kicked off recently. The Appliance Recycling Program provides U.P. residents free home pick-up of older, working refrigerators and freezers for recycling.

Participants receive a $30 incentive from their electric provider’s Energy Optimization Program. The program is free to homeowners.

“Whether you are looking to save space, save money, or reduce your energy consumption, this recycling program gives you the opportunity to do all three and receive a $30 incentive,” said Sam Sirkin, senior program manager for JACO Environmental.

This year, customers may also recycle room air conditioners and dehumidifiers for a $15 rebate. To be eligible, these items must be picked up at the same time as a qualifying refrigerator or freezer.

To schedule a pick-up of an older refrigerator or freezer call (877) 270-3519 or visit www.upfridge.com.

Pickups are being scheduled for June 10 through Aug. 31. Refrigerators and freezers must be in working condition and have 10 cubic feet or more of storage capacity to be eligible for the program.

National appliance recycler JACO Environmental will pickup appliances and transport them to a Michigan de-manufacturing facility.

There, toxins, such as refrigerant, mercury and oils, are safely removed from the old unit. In addition, the foam insulation is removed, packaged and shipped to plants where it is safely incinerated to generate electricity.

The recycling process converts 95 percent of the components in appliances into new raw materials, such as metals, glass and plastics.

Twelve cooperative and municipal utilities are part of the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association collaborative and offer the Energy Optimization programs.

The partners providing appliance recycling throughout the U.P. include: Cloverland Electric Cooperative, Alger Delta Electric, City of Escanaba, Marquette Board of Light and Power, and Newberry Water and Light Board.

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