How Energy Trust makes recycling a real cool deal
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The Energy Trust program not only picks up old refrigerators, it provides 120 meals through the Oregon Food Bank.
Energy Trust, Portland General Electric and Pacific Power are teaming up on a program that allows Oregonians to do two good things at once.
PGE and Pacific Power customers can now donate a $40 cash incentive that's a part of Energy Trust's refrigerator and freezer recycling program to the Oregon Food Bank. The donation is enough to purchase 120 meals, or four emergency food boxes.
The new option is a part of Energy Trust's refrigerator and freezer recycling program, which features free in-home pickup. The Food Bank option will run through July
Refrigerators and freezers built before 1994 can require as much as $200 yearly in energy costs. Energy Star models, in contrast, cost about $40 a year.
The Oregon Food Bank distributes food through the 20 regional food banks. The need for emergency food boxes, of which 1 million-plus were distributed last year, has increased by 41 percent since 2008.
Energy Trust has recycled more than 82,000 refrigerators and freezers since launching its service in August 2008.
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