Providence, R.I. — For a limited time, Rhode Island residents can receive a special $100 rebate — among the highest in the nation — for recycling outdated refrigerators or freezers through National Grid's appliance recycling program.
The National Grid appliance recycling program encourages residential electric customers throughout the state to have inefficient refrigerators and freezers picked up at their home free of charge. In addition to the $100 rebate, increased from $50, participants can save as much as $150 annually by lowering their household energy usage. Older refrigerators and freezers require as much as three times the amount of energy as newer, more energy-efficient models.
The program runs year-round, but the special $100 incentive ends February 28, 2014.
Rhode Island residents can schedule a free pickup by calling 1-877-545-4113 or visiting www.ngrid.com/rirecycle. Refrigerators and freezers must be in working order, clean and empty, with an inside measurement between 10 and 30 cubic feet — standard size for most units. A maximum of two units per household per calendar year will be accepted.
"This is an opportunity for Rhode Islanders to have their old refrigerator or freezer picked up for free and receive double the usual rebate," said Timothy F. Horan, president of National Grid Rhode Island. "Not only are you saving money and making money, you are ensuring that your old fridge or freezer is safely and responsibly recycled."
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 in the appliances for reuse in manufacturing new products. Even the foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity.
(C) WLNE-TV 2014