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Richard Yost

BGE to Host Recycling Drop-off Event this Fall

BGE residential customers can receive $25 per air conditioning unit or dehumidifier recycled

BALTIMORE (October 26, 2018) – BGE today announced the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® will host a recycling drop-off event for residential customers this month. During the event, customers can drop off up to two old room A/C units or dehumidifiers for recycling and receive a $25 reward for each appliance.

The event will take place Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Columbia Athletic Club, located at 5435 Beaverkill Rd., Columbia, MD 21044.

"These events provide customers with a quick, easy and environmentally friendly way to dispose of their old units," said Eric Riopko, manager of residential energy efficient programs for BGE. "By removing these older units from the energy grid and properly recycling them, event participants are not only helping to reduce energy use in their own homes, their participation is also helping to reduce the emission of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouses gases, ultimately helping the state of Maryland reduce its carbon footprint." Since 2013, BGE customers have recycled more than 2,300 units through these events, a total of 565,895 kWh savings and the equivalent of 147 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled.

Rain or shine, representatives will be on hand to unload units directly from vehicles. Units must be in working condition to be eligible. Customers will receive a check for up to $50 ($25 each for up to two appliances) in the mail approximately four to six weeks after the event. More information is available at or by calling 866.898.1901.

The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program also offers a $50 reward for recycling old working refrigerators and freezers. To participate, customers can contact BGE to schedule a pickup, and BGE will haul away their old refrigerators and freezers at no additional cost. Each household is limited to recycling two refrigerators or freezers through this program. 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 air conditioning units and dehumidifiers 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 or by calling 866.898.1901.

The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program is a suite of programs that enable customers to control energy use, leading to more efficient use of electricity and lowering energy bills from where they otherwise would be. Collectively, the programs help contain the cost of energy and improve reliability. The programs also help to reduce peak demand and slow the growth in energy consumption to lessen the need for more power plants. BGE offers energy-saving solutions for renters, homeowners, large and small business customers, nonprofits and institutional customers. More information is available at These programs support the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act.


BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to safe and reliable power delivery to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. J.D. Power's 2017 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study SM ranked BGE highest in customer satisfaction with business electric service in the east among large utilities. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $5 billion of output in its service area, supporting more than 9,500 local jobs and producing $923 million in labor income. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube  and Flickr.

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