Recycling outdated appliances and replacing them with energy-efficient models reduces energy consumption, decreases the volume of landfill waste and keeps harmful materials from entering the ecosystem.
When CSG recycles an appliance, such as a refrigerator, freezer, or air conditioner, the old unit is recycled in accordance with the highest environmental standards. CSG’s appliance recycling services include:
- Design and implementation of both small and large scale appliance recycling programs
- Sales and delivery of energy-efficient appliances
- Environmentally responsible recycling services, including demanufacture of appliances
- Outstanding customer service through field offices and customer contact centers with multi-lingual capabilities
CSG has a long history of recycling appliances from single-family and multifamily residences, a process that requires careful handling, removal and disposal of toxins while breaking down appliances into recyclable components. CSG uses equipment that exceeds EPA requirements and has the capacity to handle small to large-scale programs.
Appliance Recycling Program Components
We understand what it takes to successfully manage appliance recycling programs on behalf of our clients. Our recycling program components include:
- Program marketing to increase participation
- Appliance pickup
- Appliance recycling
- Reporting and tracking
CSG's Appliance Recycling Facilities
Conservation Services Group manages large-scale appliance recycling facilities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Syracuse, New York. These facilities recycle many thousands of appliances per year, allowing homeowners to upgrade to more energy efficient models and keeping millions of tons of steel and other metals out of landfills. For more information on CSG's Cedar Rapids recycling facility, please read this case study.
Why Is Appliance Recycling Important?
The primary purpose in replacing outdated appliances is improved energy efficiency. But it’s also important to make sure the old appliance is properly recycled rather than dumped in a landfill. Mercury switches, PCBs, and other elements must be meticulously removed and disposed of to prevent contamination and comply with EPA regulations.
Obsolete household appliances can take on a second life as a useful raw material. For example, scrap steel can be reused repeatedly to make high-quality manufactured products. According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, only the auto industry provides more scrap steel than recycled appliances. “Using recycled steel has a positive impact on the environment,” the trade association says. “It takes four times as much energy to manufacture steel from virgin ore as it does to make the same steel from recycled scrap.”
Many appliances may also contain recyclable copper, aluminum, plastics and CFC refrigerants.
In addition to energy savings, the EPA maintains that using recycled scrap metal versus virgin ore reduces:
- Air pollution by 86 percent
- Water pollution by 76 percent
- Water use by 40 percent
Appliance Recycling Facts & Statistics
CSG has recycled more than 2 million inefficient appliances and installed more than 185,000 new ones. Over 11 years, CSG’s Syracuse, New York facility recycled more than 35 million pounds of steel, 91,000 pounds of copper and 391,000 pounds of aluminum as well as 48,000 pounds of CFC-12 and 75,000 pounds of HCFC-22. Our Cedar Rapids, Iowa facility recycled more than 41,000 appliances recycled in 2008 alone.
Here are some more examples of CSG's measurable success with appliance recycling programs:
- Case study: CSG picked up more than 2,000 appliances in a single week in Cedar Rapids following the 2008 catastrophic flood.
- Fact: With the Niagara Refrigerator Roundup Program, CSG picked up more than 36,000 secondary refrigerators from homes throughout upstate New York for recycling.
- Fact: CSG delivered over 2,800 ultra-high efficiency refrigerators to low income families throughout upstate New York and recycled the old appliances.
- Fact: Through the New York Power Authority and New York Housing Authority, CSG installed 20,000 to 27,000 refrigerators each year for six years in New York City Housing Authority apartments.