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    Programs & Solutions > Residential > Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling Program >
      Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling Program

    Program Status: Closed

    This program is temporarily unavailable.

    Do you have an old refrigerator cooling a few items in your basement or garage? Did you know it may be using up to four times the electricity of a new model? With all that leftover energy, you could save up to $150 a year on your electric bill.
    Save up to $150
    a year on energy
    Duquesne Light’s Watt Choices program will pay you $35 to recycle that old, energy-wasting refrigerator or freezer and will haul it away at no charge.
    Doubly green: recycling and cash
    You’ll receive your rebate check within six weeks of pickup. Our program partner, JACO Environmental, will break down your old refrigerator and 95 percent of the components will be recycled.
    Reducing your energy use also reduces the need for more power plants as well as the environmental impact of energy generation. Get a $35 rebate

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    In addition to your $35 recycling incentive, if you have purchased a new refrigerator or freezer after 11/30/2009, you can obtain an appliance rebate application for your new purchase.

    Benefits | Eligibility | How To Participate | Program Details | Questions | Additional Information / Terms and Conditions

    • Have it hauled away for free!!
    • Duquesne Light will pay you $35 per refrigerator or freezer.
    • The old appliance will be disposed of responsibly. It will be dismantled and more than 90% of each unit will be recycled in an environmentally responsible manner.
    • Reduce your energy needs thus reducing the need for more power plants and reducing the environmental impacts of energy generation.
    • This program is available to Duquesne Light residential customers on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is expended.
    • Refrigerators and freezers must be in working condition and must be a minimum of 10 cubic feet in size.
    • You are required to have the functioning refrigerator at your Duquesne Light billing address at the time of the removal.
    • You must own the appliance being recycled.
    • Limit of two units per residential address.
    • The appliance must be accessible, with a clear path for removal by JACO.
    • A check will be mailed to the customer within 4-6 weeks after the appliance collection.
    • Some restrictions apply.
    How To Participate?

    Program Details

    JACO will call you 48 hours in advance to give you a 4 hour time frame as to when the driver will arrive.

    You will need to have the unit plugged in, emptied out, and running. The driver will inspect it to verify that it is the right size, between 10 and 30 cubic feet, and working. Please note, if the unit is too small or large or not working, the crew will not be able to pick it up.

    Once the pick-up team inspects and verifies these requirements, they will complete a form with you. The form has your name and address as well as the options and cubic foot size of the unit. Once the driver fills out the form they will sign it and then ask you to read it over, approve and sign it as well. Please verify that your name and address are correct on the form.

    Once you have read and signed the form, the driver will give you a copy for your records.

    Within approximately 4-6 weeks after the pick-up, you will receive your rebate check in the mail.


    For questions about your appointment or rebate call 1-888-928-8539.

    Additional Information / Terms and Conditions

    Why is Duquesne Light offering the program? The program helps customers save money by eliminating older, energy-wasting units.  In turn, it reduces Duquesne Light’s overall energy needs thus reducing the need for more power plants and avoiding the environmental impacts of energy generation.  In addition, units are recycled in a environmentally responsible manner and are not being returned to the used appliance market.

    How much of the refrigerator is recycled and how does it benefit the environment?   More than 90 percent of each unit is recycled by JACO Environmental at a LOCATION TBD recycling facility, following guidelines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. JACO safely disposes of toxins and ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbon (CFC-11) gases from foam insulation.   After capturing toxins (oils, mercury, PCBs) and ozone-depleting substances (CFC 11 and other foam insulation blowing agents and CFC 12 and other refrigerants) the program recycles all the plastic, metals and glass in the refrigerator, thus limiting landfill waste.

    Whom do I contact if JACO does not arrive at the scheduled date and time?  Contact 1-888-928-8539

    Whom do I contact if I need to reschedule or cancel my appointment?  1-888-928-8539