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No-cost curbside appliance recycling helps free up space, bring in cash 

An Efficiency Vermont program aimed at reducing the number of inefficient appliances plugged into Vermont’s electric grid can help stay-at-home Vermonters free up space and generate cash; all without spending money or leaving home.

The offer is available to Vermonters with secondary refrigerators, standalone freezers, window-style air conditioners, and dehumidifiers.

All recycled appliances should be in working condition and owned by the customer. There is a limit of four per household. Pick up is free. Appliances will be tested at the recycling facility to verify they are in working order. A check will be sent to the customer based on the type of working appliance recycled. (If they are not operating, the appliances will still be properly recycled at no cost to the customer.) Efficiency Vermont will provide the following payments by check to customers who recycle working appliances:

$50  for refrigerators and freezers

$20  for window air conditioners and dehumidifiers

In order to protect both customer and driver safety, appliances can be left in an open garage, in a driveway, on a porch, or in any other accessible location that doesn’t require the driver to enter a home. Drivers will wear cloth face masks and maintain at least six feet of distance from customers at all times.

“This is just one of many programs Efficiency Vermont will be offering in the coming weeks to help Vermonters lower their energy costs amidst the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Efficiency Vermont Director Rebecca Foster. “We are working with our partners to bring forward no-cost and low-cost ways for businesses and residents to save energy and money.”

Pick up and recycling service will be provided by ARCA, which is working under contract with Efficiency Vermont. Customers anywhere in Vermont can sign up for appliance recycling by calling ARCA at 888-998-6323. Pick up dates will occur from mid-May through June and will vary by region. Learn more at efficiencyvermont.com/recycle.

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