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Appliance Recycling Centers of America Launches Statewide Program in Wisconsin

The program lets customers schedule a free pickup of their old, working refrigerator or freezer.

Appliance Recycling Centers of America (ARCA) has partnered with Focus on Energy, Wisconsin's statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program, to re-launch its appliance recycling program. Open to residents in participating utility service territories across Wisconsin, the program lets customers schedule a free pickup of their old, working refrigerator or freezer. Appliances will be recycled and disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. Customers will be awarded $35 per qualifying refrigerator or freezer recycled.

According to ENERGY STAR, a 15-year-old refrigerator or freezer can consume twice as much energy annually as a new model and can significantly increase customers' electric bills. The appliance recycling program provides a convenient and environmentally safe solution for old, energy guzzling appliances that take up space in Wisconsin homes and garages.

"ARCA is proud to work with Focus on Energy to serve Wisconsin residents, where this program will prevent recyclable materials in old appliances from entering the waste stream and landfills," said JP Harper, ARCA's senior vice president and COO. "There are huge environmental benefits associated with recycling refrigerators and freezers, including reduced energy consumption and responsible management of hazardous materials. We look forward to this program making an impact in Wisconsin and helping reduce electric bills for state residents."

"Appliance Recycling is a program that has always been in high demand from both customers and our utility partners," said Andrea Hansen, focus on energy's marketing and communications director. "We are excited to be offering this program again as part of our residential portfolio."

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