Reading, PA (June 24, 2013) – UGI Utilities, Inc. – Electric Division announced today that it has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program, making UGI the first utility company in Pennsylvania to participate in the program. The RAD Program promotes initiatives that ensure the proper disposal of refrigerant-containing appliances by using the best environmental practices available.
“Through the Appliance Recycling Program currently being offered to UGI’s residential electric customers, we are helping to reduce their energy usage and create a cleaner environment at the same time,” said Brian Fitzpatrick, Manager – Energy Efficiency and Conservation, UGI Utilities. “The RAD partnership program demonstrates UGI’s commitment to responsible environmental stewardship.”
The RAD Program launched in October 2006 to protect the ozone layer, reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, and benefit communities. The EPA estimated that 9.4 million refrigerators and freezers, 6.3 million window air-conditioning units, and nearly 964 thousand dehumidifiers were disposed of in the United States in 2011. These appliances often contain hazardous materials; therefore, promoting awareness on proper disposal is crucial in protecting the environment and human health.
The RAD Program’s partners consist of utilities, retailers, manufacturers and state affiliates.
UGI’s partnership in the EPA’s RAD Program commenced in late February 2013. UGI joins 44 other utilities throughout the country in collecting and responsibly disposing old refrigerant-containing appliances with the help of appliance recyclers. In 2011, RAD utility partners reduced energy usage by more than 3.2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) through their efforts.
“EPA welcomes UGI Utilities as a partner in promoting the responsible disposal of products that emit greenhouse gases,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “Responsible appliance disposal means that energy and natural resources are saved and human health is protected because toxic substances such as PCBs and mercury are contained.”
UGI assists customers in reducing energy through its Appliance Recycling Program within the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Program. The Appliance Recycling Program encourages UGI Electric customers to safely recycle their old energy-wasting refrigerators or freezers. Through the program, customers receive a $35 rebate and can reduce their annual household energy expense by up to $150 for each recycled appliance.
UGI has partnered with JACO Environmental to pick up and transport appliances to a de-manufacturing facility in Hatfield, PA to properly dispose of potentially harmful components. JACO ensures that 95 percent of each appliance is converted into recyclable materials or eliminated in an environmentally responsible way.
For more information on UGI’s Appliance Recycling Program, including requirements and how to apply, visit the Programs and Rebates section at http://www.theenergyguyatugi.com.
UGI Utilities – Electric Division serves 62,000 customers in portions of Luzerne and Wyoming counties. Additional information about UGI’s Electric Division is available online at www.ugi.com.