Old Refrigerators Get New Life in Recycling

LAS VEGAS -- On hot days like this one your refrigerator could be the culprit for running up your power bill.

Older fridges can cost up to four times more than a newer fridge when it comes to energy costs. NV Energy is willing to pay people $30 for their old fridge and then recycle it.

At Jaco Recycling, the old fridges have the doors removed, their bar code recorded and is then put in a machine that removes oil and freon.

Every part of a refrigerator from the electrical cords to the styrofoam insulation and tin exterior get recycled.

"If these monsters go to the landfill, and they have a lot of harmful contaminants like freon, ozone-depleting freon, mercury switches and PCB's in them, and it doesn't take much for them to get into the water supply," said Mason Joseph, Jaco Environmental.

To participate in the NV Energy recycling program, your fridge must be in working condition and be 10 cubic feet in size.

To schedule a pick up, call 1-877-289-8260 or click here for more information.


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