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SRP Appliance Recycling Program reaches 50,000 mark

From the September 10, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published September 10, 2013

Brian Wharton will go down in the Salt River Project history books as the utility’s 50,000th customer to recycle an old, inefficient fridge. 
During a routine appliance pickup, SRP employees surprised customer Brian Wharton with the news that he was the utility’s 50,000th customer to recycle an old fridge. Photo courtesy of the Salt River Project

"That’s a tremendous amount of refrigerators ... a sea of refrigerators, really," said Wharton, who resides in Phoenix. "I think it’s great that people are recycling more, and the fact that I’m the 50,000th customer is great, too. It helps the environment. It’s really easy to do. And, I’m happy to do it."

Participants in the Arizona utility’s Appliance Recycling Program receive a $50 check in exchange for taking their old appliance off the grid. The utility recycles 95 percent of all appliances, SRP said.

"This program shows the significant impact customers can have by taking one small step individually to recycle a refrigerator or freezer," said Cindy Marzofka, SRP spokeswoman. "Our customers not only save up to $100 a year on operating costs for each unit, they also have satisfaction in knowing they’re helping the environment by recycling these large appliances."  

SRP has been encouraging its customers to recycle their inefficient appliances through the program since 2008, and customers have responded to the energy-saving effort by recycling about 850 appliances per month to hit the 50,000 mark in five years, SRP said.

Since 2008, the program has saved enough energy to power: 
  • more than 10,000 homes for one year;
  • a regional shopping mall for five years; and
  • a professional sports complex for 10 years.
Recycling these appliances reduced carbon-dioxide emissions equal to taking more than 68,000 cars off the road for one year, SRP said.


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