UPPCO plans appliance recycling event in Negaunee

JUST A FRACTION of the 484 appliances collected at UPPCO’s first 2019 appliance recycling event May 10 and 11 in Escanaba. Another event for customers is set for Friday and Saturday in Negaunee.

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Power Company will offer a second appliance recycling event for customers Friday and Saturday in Negaunee.

UPPCO’s recycling program lets customers discard any refrigerator, freezer, room air conditioning unit or dehumidifier that is intact for recycling at no cost to the customer, with a limit of two of each appliance type per customer.

Customers then will receive a $50 rebate for each recycled refrigerator and freezer and a $10 rebate for room A/C units and dehumidifiers. Rebate checks will be mailed about four to six weeks after the events.

In addition, customers can save up to $150 a year on their energy bills by simply removing older, inefficient appliances from their home, according to UPPCO.

The first appliance recycling event in Escanaba “was a huge success for our customers and a big win for our communities and the environment,” said Brett French, UPPCO’s vice president of business development and communications. It drew 484 appliances, eliminating about 278,301 kilowatt-hours of energy consumption on an annual basis, French said, adding, “That’s enough to power nearly 50 residential homes for a year.”

The Negaunee event will be 2 to 6 p.m. Eastern time Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Negaunee Iron & Metal, 34 Research Drive just off County Road 492 in Negaunee.

Additional events are being planned for the Houghton and Keweenaw area in July.

“The appliances that are collected during these events are recycled in an environmentally responsible manner, keeping them out of our landfills,” French said.

For more information, go to www.efficiencyunited.com/arp.

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