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NV Energy's Refrigerator Recycling Program
Your old refrigerator uses up to four times the electricity of a new one. So, why not recycle it? You could save up to $140 a year on your utility bills. We'll even haul it away FREE of charge and give you a $50 incentive.

To participate, your refrigerator or freezer must be in working condition and has to be at least 10 cubic feet in size (no dorm-sized ones). You have to own the unit and there's a two-unit per address limit. Once we take your unit, we'll mail you a check for $50 (per unit) roughly 4 weeks after the pick-up.

Schedule a Pick-Up
Call 1-877-289-8260 to schedule a pick-up time.
We pick-up your old fridge... And you pick-up 50 bucks.
Old refrigerators or freezers can use up to four times as much energy as newer ones, significantly running up your power bill. But you can get rid of them for free and pick-up $50 cash by recycling them.

How Does it Work?
NV Energy is working with JACO Environmental, a leading appliance recycling company to recycle the refrigerators using a state-of-the-art process that recycles 95% of the materials that make up the old refrigerators and freezers.

The Recycling Process
After pick-up we will
• Put a hole in the front door to render the unit unsellable.
• Spray a large red letter "X" to indicate the unit is not for resale.
Further Along in the Recycling Process
1. Drill a core sample to determine what type of insulation the refrigerator or freezer contains.
2. Chemical recycling -- getting the coolant, CFC12 or HFC 134a -- out of the system.
3. Capacitor removal. This is done if the capacitors are suspected of containing PCBs. If so, they are sent for destruction to an approved hazardous waste disposal center.
4. Saw the unit into three pieces. If the unit contains CFC-11 insulation, it is sawed into three pieces to separate the metal, foam, and plastic lining. Foam is promptly put into a plastic bag and sealed.
5. Metal, glass, and plastic recycling. Metal goes into a roll-off dumpster, and the plastic is chipped and bagged. Both materials are sent to appropriate recycling center. The glass shelves are crushed and sent to a recycler for use as an aggregate in concrete

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