Massachusetts Utility Coalition Offers Appliance Recycling Program

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

January 7, 2015

1 Min Read
Massachusetts Utility Coalition Offers Appliance Recycling Program

A Massachusetts appliance recycling coalition is offering rebates to residential electric customers to recycle their old refrigerators or freezers.

Mass Save, an initiative sponsored primarily by Massachusetts’ gas and electric utilities, operates a year-round appliance recycling program, involving a free pickup of refrigerators and freezers and a $50 payment. The enhanced $100 offer is good through Feb. 15, according to a news release.

The program encourages customers to reduce their energy use through recycling the appliances, which can save up to $150 a year, the group said. Refrigerators and freezers must be in working order, clean and empty, with an inside measurement of between 10 and 30 cubic feet. The group will accept a maximum of two units per household per calendar year.

After pickup, Mass Save will transport the appliances to an appliance recycling facility in Franklin, Mass. After hazardous materials are disposed of, about 95 percent of the appliance’s components are recycled for reuse in other products.

The Mass Save sponsors – Cape Light Compact, National Grid, NSTAR Electric, Unitil and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. – work closely with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to provide a wide range of services.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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