Appalachian Power has started an appliance recycling program that provides incentives to customers for recycling.
The Charleston, W.Va.-based utility, a unit of American Electric Power Co. Inc., is providing a $50 reward for customers wanting to discard an old refrigerator or freezer, according to a news release.
Appalachian Power said Mill Creek, Wash.-based JACO Environmental, an appliance recycler, will provides free pickup for customers of the appliances, which the company will transfer to an appliance recycling facility. Refrigerators and freezers must be in working condition and be between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size.
JACO will recycle 95 percent of the unit and dispose of the chemicals properly.
Appalachian Power said customers who replace inefficient appliances can save up to $150 a year in electricity.
Appalachian Power provides electricity to 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.