JACKSON, Mich. -- As Michigan residents start their spring cleaning, Consumers Energy is encouraging people to turn old household items into cash through its appliance recycling program.
Consumers Energy expects to recycle more than 20,000 old refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners and dehumidifiers this year. The energy provider started offering appliance recycling again after suspending its program in November.
"We are committed to helping our customers reduce their energy costs through a variety of energy efficiency programs. Recycling household appliances is an easy, no-cost way to do that with no hassle and many benefits," said Ted Ykimoff, Consumers Energy's director of energy efficiency programs.
Consumers Energy residential electric customers can benefit from recycling appliances in two ways. They can receive $50 for each eligible refrigerator or freezer that they recycle and $15 for each room air conditioner or dehumidifier. In addition, new appliances use less energy, some older appliances can add as much as $150 a year to energy bills.
Working refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners and dehumidifiers are eligible for the recycling program. Consumers Energy electric customers can go online to schedule a free pickup, typically within less than two weeks.
Consumers Energy takes steps to make sure old appliances are recycled responsibly. Environmentally harmful refrigerant and foam are recovered and reclaimed or destroyed, and metals, plastic and glass are recycled.
SOURCE: Consumers Energy