Everett, WA — Snohomish County PUD continues to promote a highly successful conservation program that offers $30 to customers willing to give up their old refrigerators and freezers. Since the program’s inception in 2004, the utility has collected more than 14,000 energy-wasting units, which can use up to three times the energy of newer models. The program is scheduled to run through the end of 2009.
It’s easy for customers to participate. JACO, a local appliance recycler, picks up units right from customers’ homes when they call for a collection. Old refrigerators and freezers often become inefficient storage areas for a handful of items – a few cans of soda or some frozen dinners. The PUD program gives customers a convenient way to safely recycle these units and save money on their energy bills.
To have a refrigerator or freezer picked up and recycled, it needs to be in working condition and between 10 to 27 cubic feet in size. Units also must be 1995 models or older. The program is for Snohomish County PUD customers only. Customers must own the unit(s) being recycled, with a pickup limit of two units per account. The $30 incentive check is mailed to the customer within 4 to 6 weeks after the appliance collection.
The collected appliances are recycled at a JACO Environmental facility in Portland, Ore. More than 90 percent of each refrigerator or freezer is recycled.
The safe disposal of refrigerators promises to slow, stop or even reverse ozone destruction. An average refrigerator contains about 10 pounds of foam insulation and one pound of CFC-11, equivalent to 2.3 tons of carbon dioxide. In the U.S. alone, 8 million refrigerators and freezers reach the end of their functional life span each year. Unless they are properly disposed of, foam and refrigerant from these old appliances release thousands of tons of ozone-depleting CFC-11 into the atmosphere each year.
For more details or to schedule an appliance pick-up, Snohomish County PUD customers can call toll-free 1-877-577-0510 or visit www.appliancerecycling.com (select “Rebate Pickup” tab). To help process any requests, customers should have their PUD account number available when placing the call.