Appliances seem to be getting smarter, sleeker and more energy-efficient with every trip to the store. Now that refrigerators can connect to the Internet (LG’s Smart Refrigerator) and thermostats can be controlled by your iPhone (Honeywell’s Prestige 2.0 Comfort System), there’s even more incentive to upgrade.
But what happens when you need to get rid of an old appliance? You know, the one that doesn’t remind you when you left the freezer door ajar.
Unfortunately, that old refrigerator usually ends up on the curb for the garbage collectors to take to the landfill, where it can impact the environment for years to come. That’s where appliance recycling comes in, and its benefits can help the environment and put money in your wallet.
Get Paid to Recycle!
Appliance recycling programs are saving energy and money across the country. For instance,Southern California Edison (SCE)’s Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program saved enough energy over the last 15 years by plugging in more efficient replacements to power more than 1 million homes. What’s more, the program actually pays participants up to $100 to recycle their energy-hogging fridge or freezer and replace it with an ENERGY STAR qualified one.
Another campaign, New York’s Keep Cool (Air Conditioner Recycling) Program, saved nearly 40 gWh of electricity over four years while paying consumers more than $15.9 million in rebates and incentives.
Aside from these examples, many municipalities offer appliance and electronic recycling programs and curbside pick-ups. In fact, your new, energy-efficient appliance manufacturer may offer recycling rebates and free pick-up of your used appliance. If it’s still in good condition, you can also consider donating it to Goodwill, the Salvation Army or a local women’s shelter. See below for more info to find out what the best options are for donating and recycling appliances in your area.