2010-04-01 / Local & State

Bulky Waste Collection Days Scheduled

Recycling, rebates offered through Allegheny Power
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Even though Bulky Waste Days is right around the corner, additional options are also available for local residents to join the recycling effort while helping out the bottom line in their checkbook through a variety of rebates.

To accommodate the mandates set forth in Act 129 that was signed into law in 2008 by Gov. Ed Rendell, Allegheny Power has established a variety of recycling and rebate programs to address issues such as energy efficiency and conservation. Entitled “Watt Watchers,” the program aimed at residential, commercial and industrial users should “reduce overall demand for electricity.”

“Allegheny is moving aggressively to introduce these new energy efficiency programs, which offer incentives for homes and businesses to save energy and money. We have designed a portfolio of programs that will provide meaningful reductions in energy usage and with the implementation of smart meters, we will offer customers new rate options and other tools for customers to better manage their electric bills,” said Rodney Dickens, president of Allegheny Power.

Among programs that will likely aid in boosting recycling efforts is a room air conditioner and refrigerator recycling rebate. According to Watt Watchers program guidelines, beginning in March 2010 older model, but still functioning, air conditioners, as well as old working refrigerators measuring 10 to 30 cubic feet, can be recycled in return for a respective rebate of $25 or $35.

In addition, turning in an old working freezer, also measuring 10 to 30 cubic feet, can net homeowners a $35 rebate.

The lone stipulation is residents wishing to participate in the recycle and rebate program must receive their electricity from Allegheny Power and call JACO Environmental, an appliance recycler, “to pick up and retire qualifying appliances.” Recycling arrangements and questions can be fielded by a JACO Environmental representative at 1-877-270-3521 or recycling pickups can be scheduled online.

Rebate checks are typically mailed within four to six weeks after the appliance is picked up.

According to Greg Reineke, Fulton County recycling coordinator, residents wishing to forego the rebate and recycle process can always opt to participate in the annual Bulky Waste Days.

Tentative dates for the countywide event include April 9-10 in Todd and Ayr townships; April 23 and 24 in Dublin Township; April 30 and May 1 in Thompson, Belfast and Licking Creek; May 7 and 8 in Bethel, Union, Taylor and Brush Creek townships; and trash should be placed on the curb the morning of April 9 in the borough of McConnellsburg.

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