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Avista showcases refrigerator recycling program at local school
Filet-O-Fridge event teaches students about recycling and energy efficiency

SPOKANE, Wash. – October 20, 2014: Avista will “filet” an old refrigerator at Sheridan Elementary School in Spokane on Thursday, October 23 from 1:30 – 2:00pm. Students will learn about the benefits of recycling older, inefficient appliances, plus how innovation and technology work to reduce energy costs, support a cleaner environment and conserve natural resources. At the end of the demonstration, the school will receive a new ENERGY STAR-certified refrigerator, donated by Fred’s Appliance to help reduce annual energy costs.
“You can save up to $100 a year because old refrigerators can use up to three times more energy than newer, energy-efficient ones,” said Chris Drake, Avista’s manager of energy efficiency programs. “We are glad we can educate the students on our refrigerator recycling program and explain the importance of energy conservation. It’ll be a fun event with lots of interaction with the students.”
 
The “filet-o-fridge” demonstration will reveal the variety of materials that make up a refrigerator, some of which are harmful to the environment if not disposed of safely. More importantly, it shows students the many ways those materials are recycled and repurposed. Recycling one fridge returns 95 percent of the unit and on average 188 pounds of refrigerator materials such as foam, glass and metal are recycled back to the manufacturing stream.
 
Avista customers can schedule a free home pickup by calling 1-877-577-0510, or by visiting www.avistautilities.com/refrigerator. Program participants receive a $30 incentive and can save up to $100 in reduced energy costs annually.
 
Refrigerators and freezers to be recycled must be in working order, clean and have an inside volume of between 10 and 30 cubic feet, which is the standard for full-size units. A check for $30 will arrive within four to six weeks and a maximum of two units per household per year will be accepted. Units to be recycled are picked up and transported to an appliance recycling facility operated by JACO Environmental. JACO safely removes and recycles materials from the energy-guzzlers.
 
Sheridan Elementary School is located at 3737 East 5th Avenue in Spokane. The demonstration begins at 1:30pm.
 
About Avista Utilities
Avista Utilities is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy. We provide energy services and electricity to 365,000 customers and natural gas to 325,000 customers in a service territory that covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million.  Avista Utilities is an operating division of Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA). For more information, please visit www.avistautilities.com.
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