Room air conditioner recycling event to be held Saturday in Bel Air

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company’s BGE Smart Energy Savers Program will host a recycling drop-off event for residential customers Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe St. in Bel Air.

During the event, customers can drop off up to two old room air conditioning units or dehumidifiers for recycling and receive a $25 reward for each appliance.

“These two events will provide customers with a quick, easy and environmentally friendly way to dispose of their old, working units,” said Laurie Duhan, manager of energy efficiency portfolio for BGE. “Recycling your old appliances helps prevent them from entering landfills, where they can release harmful toxins and greenhouse gases into the environment. By participating in this event, BGE customers continue to help Maryland reduce energy use and waste.”

Rain or shine, representatives will be on hand to unload units directly from vehicles. Units must be in working condition to be eligible. Customers will receive a check for $25 in the mail, approximately four to six weeks after the event.

More information is available at BGESmartEnergy.com/RecycleMyAC or by calling 866-898-1901.

The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program also offers a $50 reward for recycling old working refrigerators and freezers. To participate, customers can contact BGE to schedule a pickup, and BGE will haul away their old refrigerators and freezers at no additional cost.

Each household is limited to recycling two refrigerators or freezers through this program. Appliances must be in working (cooling) condition and measure 10 to 30 cubic feet, which is the standard size for most refrigerators and freezers. Room air conditioning units and dehumidifiers also may be recycled through this program, but only if picked up at the same time as an eligible refrigerator or freezer.

Appointments are required and can be scheduled at BGERecycleMyOldFridge.com or by calling 866-898-1901.

The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program is a suite of programs that enable customers to control energy use, leading to more efficient use of electricity and lowering energy bills from where they otherwise would be.

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