GE and Home Depot expand appliance recycling

| by Teena Hammond
GE and Home Depot expand appliance recycling

Ready to swap out an old appliance?

GE is expanding appliance recycling options for consumers and retailers through Appliance Recycling Centers of America (ARCA), which is now offering services to customers of The Home Depot by doubling service offerings to 12 states in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S.

According to ARCA, approximately 70 percent of consumers want to recycle appliances, and 82 percent will go out of their way to purchase from a manufacturer that recycles. Sixty-seven percent say they will pay more if a retailer offers recycling programs.

GE is the only major appliance manufacturer to partner with the Environmental Protection Agency's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program, GE is helping retailers become partners of the program.

"We envision a day when consumers walk into a retail store and are presented with a myriad of new appliance options — including appliances that are clearly marked with information about the manufacturer's and retailer's recycling practices and participation with the EPA RAD Program," said Mark Shirkness, general manager, distribution services, GE Appliances & Lighting. "The RAD Program is the industry's marquee recycling initiative. Similar to Energy Star, it's designed to create consumer awareness."

The Home Depot as a RAD partner

About 40 percent of appliances collected by retailers are resold — putting inefficient, used models back on the grid. This summer, The Home Depot took a leadership role among retailers by becoming a RAD Program partner. The Home Depot uses GE's appliance delivery and haul-away service, so it was easily able to take the next step with the EPA to establish a RAD partnership, ensuring used appliances are recycled in a responsible manner.

"The Home Depot is excited to be a part of this amazing facility and the EPA RAD Program," said Ron Jarvis, vice president, environmental, The Home Depot. "Delivering after-use recycling solutions to our customers is one of the many ways that Home Depot is striving to make it easy for the customer to lower their environmental impact. We are fortunate to have GE taking a leadership role in product development, as well as end-of-life solutions."

In a new initiative to engage appliance retailers in the RAD Program, GE will ensure a steady stream of appliances to the ARCA Advanced Processing (AAP) recycling facility in Philadelphia, Pa.

Since February, GE and ARCA have doubled the number of states where recycling services are offered, providing 100,000 additional appliance units to AAP annually. AAP now receives used appliances from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Delaware, Rhode Island and Vermont.

"EPA applauds GE and ARCA's commitment to expanding recycling options for consumer appliances," said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "Their innovative partnership helps to reduce pollution, eliminate waste and protect the Earth's ozone layer. EPA encourages other manufacturers to follow their example."

For more information, see our Energy Efficient Appliances research center.


Topics: Appliances, Energy Star



Teena Hammond
Teena Hammond has published more than 2,000 articles in People and W magazines, Women's Wear Daily, and in dozens of newspapers and books. She also wrote a home improvement, remodeling and decor column that ran in Gannett newspapers nationwide. She's interested in all things green and would love to hear from you with your story ideas.

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