Got a Fridge? Get Rewarded $30 By Recycling

By Haley Burton

September 27, 2012 Updated Sep 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Do you have an old refrigerator or freezer sitting around? Thousands have been recycled through NYSEG's Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program.

Refrigerators and freezers from NYSEG customers are picked up from locations in Binghamton, Albany, Rochester, Buffalo and other cities and brought to JACO Environmental in East Syracuse.

Truck loads filled with about 75 units are dropped off daily to the facility. Crews there can safely disassemble the fridges and freezers in about 30 minutes.

"They are evacuated by EPA guidelines with separate tanks. All of the gas is taken out of the units first thing and we determine what gas is being used, said William DiRenzo, Warehouse Manager, "Then after that the ones that need to be chipped from CFC foam are stripped. The compressors and gas lines are cut out and all of the shelves and metal are recycled at the scrap yard."

The foam is bagged up and also sent off to a center to be recycled.

JACO Environmental says it provides an effective way to get rid of your secondary unit that results improved energy conservation, lower utility bills and a safer environment.

"It's very labor intensive," said DiRenzo, "People should use the program because number 1, you're getting money for it and your unit is getting processed the proper way. You are saving the air, the ozone, the ground water and the recycling is being done properly."

You can call Click here to schedule your pickup or you can call 1-877-691-0021.

"The way the program works is any residential customer who has that second fridge in their basement or garage can get rid of that unit. They can get a $30 check, save up to $150 a year on electricity and be assured these units are being recycled in environmental way," said Clay Ellis, NYSEG Corporate Communications.

Ellis says thousands have been recycled thus far and more are being brought in each day to JACO.

"To see these units are being recycled instead of being thrown into a landfill or dumped by the side of the road is really a great thing," said Ellis.

Eligibility and Requirements:
You must be a residential NYSEG electric customer and own the unit to be recycled.

The refrigerator and freezer must be between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size, clean, empty and in working order at time of pickup, accessible with a clear path for removal and a secondary unit for at least six months (not the primary refrigerator).

It is a limit of two units per residential address per year.