Thanks to our customers’ participation, the Fridge and Freezer Recycling Program is celebrating an impressive milestone this month. Forty-thousand fridges and freezers may not seem like a big deal, but when you consider the 6 million pounds of recycled materials (metal, glass, plastic, etc.) that are not sitting in a landfill, it really adds up. Consider these fun facts:
- Stacked end to end, 40,000 fridges and freezers are more than eight times the height of Mount Everest.
- 5.7 million pounds of metal outweighs a blue whale 200 times.
- 432,500 pounds of plastic is more than the weight of 100 cars.
- The amount of glass recycled is equivalent to 1.5 million pounds of recycled light bulbs.
“Recycling these appliances helps to reduce energy consumption and ensures they won’t be left behind in a local landfill,” said Lisa Keels, LG&E and KU manager of Customer Energy Efficiency Operations. “We’re grateful to our customers for their participation and look forward to continuing to partner with them to help save energy and money.”
The Fridge and Freezer Recycling Program rewards residential customers with $50 when they recycle their old, working appliances.