ARCA, AmerenUE to offer appliance pick-up, rebates

August 11, 2010

Appliance Recycling Centers of America and AmerenUE have launched a new program to provide incentives to customers who recycle their old, working refrigerators and freezers in favor of new energy-efficient models.

ARCA will provide no-charge pickup and recycling services for the old appliances, and UE will offer a $35 rebate to customers who swap out their old refrigerators.

“If a spare refrigerator used in a basement or garage is removed and not replaced, energy savings can amount to 1,200 kilowatt-hours a year — a $100 reduction in annual electricity charges,” says Cara Dolly, UE managing supervisor of the company´s Residential Energy Efficiency team.

Each participant must be a UE residential electric customer who owns the refrigerator or freezer.

For information on the program, which runs through Sept. 30, 2011, visit

AmerenUE, founded in 1902, provides electric and gas service to approximately 1.2 million customers across central and eastern Missouri, including the greater St. Louis area.

As part of the program, ARCA will properly dispose of, or recycle, more than 95% of each appliance, recovering the steel, aluminum, copper, glass and plastic. Recycling Mercury, used oil and other substances will also be kept from escaping into the environment, the company said.