Posted: 10:39 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Need $1,250? Bounty placed on Ohio’s oldest refrigerator

By Steve Bennish

Staff Writer


Search the shed, the barn, the basement and the garage.

There’s a bounty on Ohio’s oldest refrigerator, but the appliance must be alive, not dead, when you turn it in.

Dayton Power & Light announced Tuesday that it’s joining utilities around Ohio in offering a $1,250 bounty for the state’s oldest, but still functioning, refrigerator or freezer.

To enter the contest, Dayton Power & Light customers should sign up to have their refrigerator or freezer picked up for free and recycled. Telephone 877-545-4112, or visit, from May through July.

DP&L said refrigerators and freezers must be in working order and meet a minimum size requirement - standard kitchen size units usually qualify. You can see website for details.

The Dayton Power & Light customer with the oldest refrigerator recycled during the contest will win $250, and will compete for the title of “Ohio’s Oldest Refrigerator” and another $1,000 award.

The winner will be announced in August.

The utility said that even if your old refrigerator doesn’t win, all customers who unplug and recycle an old, working refrigerator or freezer will earn a $35 incentive and can save up to $150 a year in energy costs.

DP&L’s recycling program and the $35 incentive is available year-round. Refrigerators manufactured before 1990 can use three times more electricity than newer ones, the utility added.

The freezers and refrigerators are taken to recycling facilities operated by JACO Environmental, where they remove hazardous materials and reclaim 95 percent of the appliances for reuse in manufacturing new products. The foam insulation, frequently containing ozone-depleting CFC gas, is safely incinerated and converted to electricity, DP&L said.


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