I have great news for those that live in the Toronto (Toronto, Ontario Canada) area. Many of you have probably already know of the Toronto Hydro Electric System (in conjunction with OPA – Ontario Power Authority) has a program called the “Great Refrigerator Roundup”. What you may not know is that from now until September 30, 2010, not only will your old clunker be picked up and repurposed but in addition, you will receive a $25 Gift Card. At this point, I am not sure where the gift card will be from (which store). According to Toronto Hydro’s website, the gift card can be redeemable at most major retailers.
What is the Great Refrigerator Roundup program?
For those of you who are not familiar with the Great Refrigerator Roundup program, the program’s intent is take old power intensive refrigerators/freezers off the power grid, repurpose parts from the fridge (where possible) and disposing the remaining materials in an environmentally responsible manner. There are four main conditions that need to be met:
- The refrigerator/freezer need to be between 10 to 27 cubic feet.
- The refrigerator/freezer need to be in working condition.
- The refrigerator/freezer need to be 15 years or older.
- The refrigerator/freezer need to be easily accessible for pickup (i.e. clear path to the refrigerator/freezer, refrigerator/freezer need to be able to fit through doorways, etc..).
This program is not only to Toronto residents. The program is province wide. (However the $25 gift card applies to Toronto residents only.)
What are the benefits to the owner of the refrigerator/freezer?
- Free pickup your old refrigerator/freezer.
- Even if your refrigerator is in the basement, they will pick it up. That’s right; you don’t have to break your back trying to carry your fridge up the stairs and onto the curb. Talk about great service.
- By ridding yourself of old inefficient refrigerator/freezer, you could be saving up to $150 a year in electricity.
- Knowing that your old refrigerator/freezer will be stripped for parts to be repurposed where possible while the remaining materials are handled in an environmentally responsible manner.
- Until September 30, 2010, you will also receive a $25 gift card that can be redeemable at most major retailers.
Where can I get more details?
- For information regarding the program, visit Great Refrigerator Roundup program.
- For information regarding the Great Refrigerator Roundup program and the $25 gift card, visit Toronto Hydro.
How to arrange for a pickup?
There are two methods:
- Fill out the online appointment request form.
- Call 1-877-797-9473 to book an appointment.
- Did you know that in 2008, over 100,000 fridges were retired through the Great Refrigerator Roundup program?
- How are fridges and freezers recycled?
- Fridges and freezers are collected.
- Plastic and aluminum removed. They are sorted into piles to either baled or crushed.
- Mercury switches on freezers are removed and disposed of.
- Refrigerant is extracted.
- Compressor oil is drained. Oil is reuse to provide heat in cement processing.
- The remaining metals are crushed into blocks and sent to a steel mill for reprocessing.