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PPL Electric Utilities – a subsidiary of PPL Corporation in Allentown, Pa. – wants to recycle 100,000 or more older appliances by 2016 to reduce energy use and decrease landfill use.
To publicize the recycling program, PPL Electric Utilities conducted a Filet-O-Fridge demonstration recently outside one of its service centers. An old refrigerator was taken apart and recycled to show how its materials – including its gases, metal, and oil – can be reclaimed.
More than 55,000 units have already been recycled as part of the utility’s E-power appliance recycling program. The new goal is part of a new three-year program phase. Customers receive $35.00 for recycling their old refrigerator or freezer, and the units are picked up free charge. The program recycles 95 percent of the each appliance’s materials, including its foam insulation, which is burned to generate electricity.
Consumers also save money in the long term by replacing their older appliances. Newer units can save homeowners up to $150.00 in utility bills each year, according to a PPL Electric Utilities news release.
Residents can schedule to have their appliance collected by visiting www.pplelectric.com/recycle on the web.