MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 14, 11:15 a.m. ET) — Appliance Recycling Centers of America Inc. and GE Appliances & Lighting have expanded their appliance-recycling partnership to 12 states in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.
In a new initiative to engage appliance retailers in the U.S. EPA's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program, GE will send appliances to the ARCA Advanced Processing (AAP) regional recycling facility in Philadelphia.
GE said about 40 percent of appliances collected by retailers are resold.
“EPA applauds GE and ARCA's commitment to expanding recycling options for consumer appliances,” Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, said in a statement. “Their innovative partnership helps to reduce pollution, eliminate waste and protect the Earth's ozone layer. EPA encourages other manufacturers to follow their example.”
According to a news release, AAP's UNTHA Recycling Technology (URT) system recovers about 95 percent of the insulating foam in refrigerators, reduces typical landfill waste of the refrigerator by 85 percent by weight, and lowers greenhouse gas and ozone-depleting emissions from insulating foam.
In addition, the URT system recovers high-quality plastics, aluminum, copper, steel and more from refrigerators that can be used to make new products.