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SCPPA appliance recycling program produces big savings


From the June 4, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published June 4, 2013

An appliance recycling program administered by the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) has produced significant energy savings for the eight public power utilities participating in the long-term Recycling and Replacement Program. In the last two years alone, the municipal utilities for Anaheim, Burbank, Colton, Glendale, Los Angeles, Pasadena and Riverside, plus the Imperial Irrigation District, have spent $16.8 million in support of the program. That has allowed the SCPPA members to:
• Reduce customers’ energy consumption by more than 200 million kilowatt-hours
• Recycle more than 10,000 refrigerators or freezers; and 
• Replace (and recycle) more than 29,000 old refrigerators with new, high-efficiency units.
Under the program, the utilities offer their customers incentives and support for the recycling of old refrigerators and freezers as well assistance with the replacement of an old refrigerator with a new ENERGY STAR®-approved unit for income-qualified customers.
The recycling has helped the eight utilities to: divert 3,200 tons of metals, glass and plastic away from landfills; avoid 52,000 tons of greenhouse gas production; and remove almost 7 tons of ozone-depleting materials (e.g. CFCs and HFCs) from the environment, SCPPA said. Those reductions are the equivalent of avoiding the CO2 produced by burning 5,000,000 gallons of gasoline; or the same amount of carbon contained in 36,000 acres of U.S. forests, the joint action agency said.

For more information, contact Bryan Cope, SCPPA’s director of program development, at 626/793-9364 or bcope@scppa.org.

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