LINCOLN – Do you have an old refrigerator in the garage that is taking up space? Lincoln Electric System customers who answer yes should consider freeing up space by recycling that secondary refrigerator or freezer.
Why recycle? Here are five reasons to participate in LES’ appliance recycling program:
- It’s easy. The only lifting required is lifting your finger to call 1-866-444-9160 or visiting www.les.com/pickup to schedule a home pickup.
- It’s free. Recycling your fridge through the program will not cost a cent. Your old unit will be picked up from your home and hauled away for free.
- It pays. All program participants receive a $35 incentive check. Use your $35 incentive to catch a movie or dine out.
- It saves. Because older units were not built to current energy-efficiency standards, retiring and recycling an inefficient refrigerator or freezer can save you up to $100 annually through reduced household energy costs.
- It’s green. Recycling a single fridge can have the impact of taking one car off the road for a year. By ensuring your old unit is safely and responsibly recycled, you save it from rusting away in a landfill and instead repurpose the materials back into the manufacturing stream.
Customers will receive a $35 incentive check in the mail in about four to six weeks after the refrigerator or freezer has been picked up. There is a limit of two units for every household. Appliances must be in working order with an inside measurement between 10 and 30 cubic feet, standard size for most units.
“Older refrigerators can use up to three times more energy as newer models,” said Marc Shkolnick, manager, Energy Services. “Recycling an old fridge is an easy and efficient way to save money throughout the year.”
Units picked up through the program are transported to an appliance recycling facility operated by JACO Environmental. JACO safely removes harmful materials from the old energy-guzzlers, reclaiming 95 percent of the materials for reuse in manufacturing new products. Even the foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity.
LES partners with the community to maximize energy value and quality of life in an environmentally responsible manner. To learn more, visit www.les.com.