Officials with El Paso Electric (EPE) announced on Thursday their partnership with ARCA Recycling, Inc. (ARCA) to begin its Appliance Recycling Program for residential customers in Texas.
To participate in the Program, customers contact ARCA to schedule pick-ups of their old refrigerators or freezers at no charge and EPE will provide a $50 rebate check per qualifying appliance.
EPE officials say, “The Appliance Recycling Program encourages customers to properly dispose of their older refrigerators or freezers, which allows the components of these appliances to be recycled and converted into other products.”
“For example, approximately 140 lbs. of metal are recovered per recycled refrigerator, and the metal can be used in new projects, such as making parts for automobiles,” officials added, “Using scrap metal in the production of iron and steel reduces CO2 emissions by 58%. About 95% of the material in refrigerators and freezers that ARCA processes, including metal, glass, plastic, are recycled, or, in the case of hazardous waste, disposed of safely.”
To participate, customers must be an EPE Texas residential customer, the refrigerators and freezers must be regular household size and in working order, empty, clean and plugged in at the time of pickup.
The program is limited to two units per household per program year.
Residents wishing to schedule a pick-up can go online or call ARCA at 1-888-409-8567. For additional questions, customers can call EPE’s Energy Efficiency Hotline at (915) 521-4488.