Refrigerator Recycling

NYSEG Marks Milestone in Ithaca:

30,000 Refrigerators Recycled

To Date, the Program Has Recycled 45 Tons of Glass, 1,875 Tons of Metal,
and Kept 210,000 Tons of Carbon Dioxide Out of the Atmosphere

Ithaca, NY – NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, have reached a major energy efficiency milestone: 30,000 energy-hogging refrigerators/freezers taken off the grid through the companies’ ongoing recycling program.

NYSEG customer and Ithaca resident James Rothenberg took advantage of the program yesterday. Rothenberg will receive $50 for recycling his refrigerator and save up to $150 in energy costs each year. A crew came to Rothenberg’s home and removed an old refrigerator he has had for more than 20 years. The crew disabled the old appliance and transported it to the JACO Environmental recycling facility in Syracuse. JACO safely removes harmful materials from the units, reclaiming 95 percent of the materials in the appliances for reuse in manufacturing new products. To date, this program has facilitated the recycling of approximately 45 tons of glass, 1,875 tons of metal, 390 tons of foam/plastic, 5.5 tons of refrigerant and more than 9 tons of oil.

“More and more New Yorkers are looking for ways to reduce their household energy costs, and refrigerators are huge energy users,” said Mark S. Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “This program offers a simple way to save money, save energy and earn a $50 check just by scheduling a free pickup of your old working refrigerator or freezer."

By recycling 30,000 units, program participants have collectively saved enough electricity to power more than 4,100 homes for an entire year. The environmental benefit is 210,000 tons of carbon dioxide spared from entering the atmosphere, the equivalent of removing 30,000 cars from the road for a year.

Launched in 2011, the appliance recycling program encourages customers to save money on their electric bills and help the environment by having old, energy-inefficient refrigerators and freezers recycled.

To schedule a free pickup, NYSEG customers can call 1.877.691.0021 or visit Refrigerators and freezers to be recycled must be in working order and have an inside volume of between 10 and 30 cubic feet.


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About NYSEG, RG&E and Iberdrola USA: NYSEG and RG&E are subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA. NYSEG serves 881,000 electricity customers and 263,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. RG&E serves 371,000 electricity customers and 307,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. Iberdrola USA is the U.S. subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A. The Iberdrola USA companies employ about 5,000 people with operations in 24 states from New England to the West Coast, providing electricity generation, transmission and distribution, natural gas storage and distribution, and energy services. We are a team of dedicated individuals working as one to deliver value to our customers, employees and shareholders. By providing outstanding customer service and exceptional reliability, while holding safety and the environment in high regard, we aspire to be a world-class energy company. For more information, visit, and

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