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TRENTON, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes is encouraging residents to participate in a new refrigerator and freezer recycling program launched by New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program. Residents who recycle their unwanted refrigerators and freezers will receive $30 and free removal of their appliance as part of a new program. 

The purpose of the program is to give an incentive to residents to replace their older, energy-consuming refrigerators and freezers with more energy-efficient models.

Federal standards require new refrigerators and freezers to use less energy.  Newer units may use as much as 450 kilowatt hours per year compared to older units that may use up to 1,500 kilowatt hours per year.  

“By participating in this program, residents will save on their electric bill, receive cash and help protect the environment,” said Hughes.
 
To schedule the pick up of a refrigerator or freezer, residents can call 877-270-3520 or visit www.NJCleanEnergy.com.  Residents who participate in the program will receive a check for $30 within 90 to 120 days after the collection of their appliance.  Appliances need to be in working order and have an inside measurement of 10 cubic feet or more.  Residents may have up to two units removed per household.
 
For more information, please contact the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities at (973) 468-8515.