Indianapolis, IN -- May 31, 2012
A recently opened Indianapolis plant will churn out tons of recyclable materials salvaged from old, energy-wasting refrigerators and freezers collected through a program offered by Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) and Duke Energy, and other participating Indiana electric utilities.Operated by national appliance recycler JACO Environmental, the plant will be open to news media Tuesday. It employs a semi-roboticized de-manufacturing process that converts 95 percent of old refrigerators and freezers into recyclable materials. The new JACO plant has also created 20 new green jobs and helps protect the environment by offering a safe, responsible and effective alternative to the discarding of old refrigerators in landfills.IPL and Duke Energy customers can receive a $30 reward for scheduling a free pickup of their old refrigerators and freezers. Typically kept for additional cold storage in garages and basements, outdated units can use up to three times the amount of electricity as newer models.
June 5, 2012, at 10 a.m. - 801 S. Emerson Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203
Stacks of old fridges piled on top of one another; a semi-robotic disassembly and recycling process that removes toxic materials from units; workers disassembling appliances to retrieve recyclable materials.
Refrigerators can account for up to 20 percent of a home's energy use, so taking old, inefficient units out of service reduces electricity usage, saves money and increases energy efficiency for the entire state.
MEDIA CONTACT:Indianapolis Power & Light CompanyCrystal Livers-Powers, 317.261.8423