Do you have an old refrigerator cooling a few items in your basement or garage? Did you know it may be using up to four times the electricity of a new model? With all
that leftover energy, you could save up to $150 a year on your electric bill.
Save up to $150 a year on energy
Duquesne Light’s Watt Choices program will pay you $35 to recycle that old, energy-wasting
refrigerator or freezer and will haul it away at no charge.
Doubly green: recycling and cash You’ll receive your rebate check within six weeks of pickup. Our program partner, ARCA, will break down your old refrigerator and
95 percent of the components will be recycled.
Reducing your energy use also reduces the need for more power plants as well as the environmental impact of energy generation.
ARCA will call you 1-2 days in advance to give you a 4 hour time frame as to when the driver will arrive.
You will need to have the unit plugged in, emptied out, and running. The driver will inspect it to verify that it is the right size, between 10 and 30 cubic feet, and working.
Please note, if the unit is too small or large or not working, the crew will not be able to pick it up.
The pick-up team inspects and verifies these requirements.
Within approximately 4-6 weeks after the pick-up, you will receive your rebate check in the mail.
Why is Duquesne Light offering the program? The program helps customers save money by eliminating
older, energy-wasting units. In turn, it reduces Duquesne Light’s overall energy needs thus reducing
the need for more power plants and avoiding the environmental impacts of energy generation. In
addition, units are recycled in a environmentally responsible manner and are not being returned to
the used appliance market.
How much of the refrigerator is recycled and how does it benefit the environment?
More than 90 percent of each unit is recycled. ARCA safely disposes
of toxins and ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbon (CFC-11) gases from foam insulation. After
capturing toxins (oils, mercury, PCBs) and ozone-depleting substances (CFC 11 and other foam
insulation blowing agents and CFC 12 and other refrigerants) the program recycles all the plastic,
metals and glass in the refrigerator, thus limiting landfill waste.
Whom do I contact if ARCA does not arrive at the scheduled date and time?
Whom do I contact if I need to reschedule or cancel my appointment? 1-800-257-2510