Efficiency Vermont’s Second Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program offers free pick-up and removal of old, energy-wasting refrigerators and freezers, a $50 rebate, electric bill savings, and state-of-the-art appliance disposal and recycling.
Many people continue to use old refrigerators and freezers as secondary units even after buying newer models. Retiring a second refrigerator or freezer can result in saving up to $150 a year on your electric bills. Refrigerators and freezers manufactured before 1990 can use as much as 1,500 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity a year, or about 13% of the average Vermont home’s annual energy usage.
When your fridge is picked up, it is sent to a recycling facility operated by JACO Environmental, a leading, national provider of appliance recycling services. JACO's process includes the recycling of nearly 95% of each refrigerator including metals, plastic, oils, and foam insulation. The foam removed from the appliances is incinerated and the heat generated from that incineration process is then used to create new energy.
Second refrigerator and freezer pick-ups will be on hold from mid-December 2013 through March 2014. If you would like to request a pick-up in the Spring, please review the participation requirements and use the form below, or call 877-545-4113.
Program Participation Requirements
- The refrigerator or freezer must be clean, empty, and in working condition.
- The refrigerator or freezer must be plugged in.
- The unit must meet the size requirement of 10 cu ft - 32 cu ft.
- You must be a current Vermont electric utility customer.
- Someone 18 years or older must be present to sign and release the unit.
- You must provide clear and safe access to your appliances for the removal team. They will not risk injury or be able to move personal effects or modify your home (i.e. remove doors or railings) to remove the unit(s).
- There is a recycling limit of two units per electric account.