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SRP to pay you to recycle old appliances
Customers will get stipend for using service
9 commentsby Ginger D. Richardson - Sept. 19, 2008 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

Do you have an old refrigerator or freezer that you want to get rid of?

For a limited time, one of the Valley’s largest utility companies will recycle it for you - and pay you a stipend for using its service.

The program, launched this month by Salt River Project, is available on a first-come, first-served basis to SRP customers only. Customers who take advantage of it can recycle up to two of the energy-guzzling appliances during the course of year.
SRP, in turn, will mail participants a $30 check for each appliance, company spokesman Jeff Lane said.

The utility estimates that about 95 percent of each refrigerator received would be recycled through the program, including metals, plastics, glass, polyurethane foam insulation, oil and refrigerant.

And keeping those items out of landfills isn’t the only benefit, SRP says. Recycling just one appliance will reduce carbon dioxide by up to 10 tons.

That’s equal to the emission reductions achieved by parking two family cars for a year, said Debbie Kimberly, SRP’s manager of Energy Efficiency and Policy Analysis.

SRP serves about 935,000 customers in Maricopa and Pinal counties. It estimates that 13 percent of its customers have two or more refrigerators and that nearly 23 percent of homes have one or more stand-alone freezers.

Many of those are older appliances, which may use up to more than twice the energy of newer, more efficient models.

“Electricity for that second or third refrigerator or freezer may cost up to $100 a year,” Kimberly said, adding that, in some cases, it may make “more financial sense to reduce the number of appliances you have.”

Not an SRP customer but still want to unload your clunky garage refrigerator?

Several Valley cities, including Phoenix and Scottsdale, offer some kind of appliance recycling.

Phoenix’s program, for example, is available to city residents who pay for solid waste collection at their homes. The city will collect up to five appliances at a time for a flat $20 fee, said Al Shiya, a city spokesman.

The service charge is added to the resident’s monthly water bill.

In addition, many area charities accept donated appliances if they are in good working order.

For more information on the SRP recycling program, call 602-236-4225 or visit wise.

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