The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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September 29, 2010

Penelec ups recycling bounty for refrigerators, freezers

— Penelec has increased to $50 its incentive for customers who turn in old, energy-wasting refrigerators and freezers through the end of this year.

The $50 – recently increased from $35 per appliance – is part of the company’s effort to help customers save energy and money in line with state law to cut energy usage.

In addition to the rebate, participating customers can save up to $150 a year in reduced energy costs, Penelec says. Older refrigerators and freezers, often kept in garages and basements to be used for extra storage, can use up to four times more electricity than newer models.

Customers can set a time for an appliance pickup by calling (877) 270-3521 or visiting

There is no additional charge for removing the appliances and taking them to a recycling center.

Appliances to be recycled must be in working order and have an inside measurement of 10 cubic feet or more.

Recycler JACO Environmental returns 95 percent of each unit back into the manufacturing stream while removing toxic substances such as oils, mercury and foam insulation that releases known greenhouse gases.

The program provides a quick way to make a little money and create extra space, Penelec said in a release.

Penelec kicked off the program in the Johnstown area Wednesday morning, when a crew arrived to cart off a refrigerator from the Violet Street home of William Gilbert. The vintage green fridge is nearly

30 years old.

The  savings in carbon dioxide emissions from recycling each refrigerator is about the same as removing two cars from the road for an entire year, Penelec said.


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