For Immediate Release
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Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announced that its Smart Energy Savers Program® will host a recycling drop-off event on Saturday, Sept. 17 in Bel Air, Maryland. During the event, BGE residential customers can drop off qualifying old, but still working, appliances for recycling and receive a $25 reward per unit.
Customers can recycle up to four small appliances (room A/C units or dehumidifiers) per household from Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2023. New for this event, small appliances also include mini fridges. One mini fridge per customer is eligible for recycling.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bel Air High School, located at 100 Heighe St., Bel Air, MD 21014.
"Events like this provide customers with a quick, easy and environmentally friendly way to dispose of their old and inefficient appliances," said Eric Riopko, manager of residential energy efficiency programs for BGE. "By removing these older units from the energy grid and properly recycling them, event participants help realize several benefits, including reducing energy use in their own homes. Their participation also contributes to reducing the emission of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases, ultimately helping the state of Maryland shrink its carbon footprint."
Since 2013, BGE customers have recycled more than 4,029 units through these events, which translates to energy savings of 956,659 kWh and the equivalent of 235 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled.
Rain or shine, representatives will be on hand to safely unload the old appliances from customers' vehicles. Units must be in working condition to be eligible. Customers will receive a check in the mail approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the event. More information is available at BGESmartEnergy.com/RecycleMyAC or by calling 866.898.1901.
Separately, residential customers also can receive a $50 reward for recycling old, working refrigerators and freezers when they schedule a home pickup through BGE's Smart Energy Savers Program. To participate, customers can request a no-contact pickup, and BGE will collect and haul away up to three refrigerators and/or freezers—and up to four room A/C units, dehumidifiers and/or mini fridges at the same time—for recycling per residential household from Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2023. Appliances must be in working (cooling) condition and measure 10 to 30 cubic feet, which is the standard size for most refrigerators and freezers. Room A/C units, dehumidifiers and mini fridges also may be recycled through this program, but only if picked up at the same time as an eligible refrigerator or freezer. Appointments are required and can be scheduled at BGESmartEnergy.com or by calling 866.898.1901.
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