Congrats to Richard Linnert who had Pennsylvania’s Oldest Fridge! He recycled a Frigidaire that was made by General Motors in 1937. In addition to receiving a rebate from Duquesne Light, he also won a $1000 gift card to Sears!
There has been quite a bit of activity in the refrigerator recycling world (and by world, I mean Pennsylvania). Two stories came out this week one in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the other in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The one in the Philly Inquirer is about the event that I wrote about last week where the kids got to see their refrigerator go through the recycling process. I have to say that this article has some gems like “environmental time bomb” and “cold war”. It’s great that the article pulled the contact information and rebate info from the following utilities:
The second one is about the industrial park where the recycling facility is located. The great thing about this article is that it highlights how recycling can lead to green jobs. The recycling facility brought 20 more jobs to the area and if there’s enough of a demand for refrigerator recycling (ahem!), they would create more jobs. Awesome!
On a serious note, I hope everyone out there is staying warm and safe. Also, don’t forget to recycle your old refrigerator before the holidays to pick up some extra cash as well as clean up some space before the relatives come pouring in. Check with your local utility and see what programs they are offering. Some like DTE in Detroit and AEP Ohio have bumped up the rebate to $50!
So hurry up and schedule your pick up before Christmas.
Just learned that Penelec in Pennsylvania has upped the ante and is now offering a $50 rebate on recycled appliances until the end of the year. Nice little upgrade from the previous $35 rebate! The news covered a residential customer pick up where a classic, “vintage” avocado green refrigerator was picked up. This refrigerator was long over due to be removed considering that it was 30 years old!
That refrigerator has gone through so much:
Gorbachev becoming president of the Soviet Union
Fall of the Berlin Wall
The World Wide Web
End of apartheid in South Africa
The Macarena (which btw, should never ever ever be resurrected)
Needless to say, a lot has happened in the last thirty years…It’s a good thing that refrigerator will be recycled and put to rest. To read the rest of the story, check out this link.
UPDATE: Call me a nerd, but I just Google mapped it and as it turns out, the facility is in WARRENDALE, not Marshall.
The more you know…Joey.
Good news Pennsylvanians!
Yesterday was the launch of a brand new recycling facility in Marshall, PA where twenty new jobs will be created. Power houses (pun intended) First Energy, Allegheny Power and Duquense Light have already recycled 10,500 units since the launch of their programs. (Remember this post?)
TEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED.
I feel like a broken record here, but that’s the same impact of removing 21,000 cars off the road for a year. That’s significant. It seems that the good residents of Pennsylvania are taking advantage of the $35 rebate as well as doing their part for the environment.
At the recycling facility, about 95% of the refrigerator gets recycled. Here’s a clip showing how the refrigerator gets broken down:
Okay, so Captain Planet didn’t actually have anything to do with this next update other than highlighting how great it is when teams comes together for the greater good. Three power houses (no pun intended) came together in western Pennsylvania to make sure that people will have the ability to recycle their old appliances! Major shout out to Allegheny Power, Duquesne Light and First Energy for making this possible. If you live in western PA, lucky you!
Channel 2 (KDKA/CBS local) shot some great footage of the recycling process from a customer standpoint. It’s pretty neat to see the recyclers come, take out your old appliance for you and then have it meet its maker. They even cut the cord!
So don’t be afraid to call up your local utility to haul your old (yet still working) junker away! Pocket some cash and save the planet.