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June 12, 2014: Is your refrigerator running? Avista customers who answer yes should consider recycling their secondary or inefficient refrigerators or freezers through Avista’s appliance recycling program.
Why recycle? These are the top five reasons to participate:
- It’s easy. The only lifting required is lifting your finger to call 1-877-577-0510 or visit www.avistautilities.com/refrigerator to schedule a home pickup.
- It’s free. Recycling your fridge through the program won’t cost you a cent. Avista will pick up your old unit from your home and haul it away for free.
3. It pays. All program participants receive a $30 incentive check. Use your $30 incentive to go to the movies or cheer on the Spokane Indians.
4. It saves. Because older units were not built to current energy efficiency standards, retiring and recycling an inefficient refrigerator or freezer can save you up to $100 annually on reduced household energy costs.
5. It’s green. Recycling a single fridge can have the impact of taking two cars off the road for a year. By ensuring your old unit is safely and responsibly recycled, you save it from a long retirement in a landfill and instead repurpose the materials back into the manufacturing stream.
Customers will receive a $30 incentive check in the mail in about four to six weeks. There is a limit of two units for every household. Appliances must be in working order with an inside measurement between 10 and 30 cubic feet, standard size for most units.
“Refrigerators, especially inefficient ones, can be a major contributor to a household’s energy costs,” said Avista’s Manager of Demand Side Management Chris Drake. “This program makes it easy for our customers to choose recycling and reap the financial and environmental benefits.”
Units picked up through the program are transported to an appliance recycling facility in Spokane operated by JACO Environmental. JACO safely removes harmful materials from the old energy-guzzlers, reclaiming 95 percent of the materials in the appliances for reuse in manufacturing new products. Even the foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity.
Attached is an info-graphic that highlights the top five reasons to recycle your refrigerator.
Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides electric service to 366,000 customers and natural gas to 326,000 customers. Our service territory 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's primary, non-utility subsidiary is Ecova, an energy and sustainability management company with over 700 expense management customers, representing more than 700,000 sites. Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol "AVA."
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