ALBANY, N.Y. — National Grid is kicking off its enhanced recycling program in a new way this year.
Upstate New Yorkers can receive up to $100 by recycling old refrigerators and freezers.
"The program gives an extra incentive to upgrade fridges and freezers that use an excessive amount of energy. If customers participate now, they can earn some money and know that their old unit is safely and responsibly recycled, not sent to rust in a landfill," said Jim Stapleton, manager of Energy Efficiency Execution at National Grid.
National Grid will also allow customers to recycle up to two cooling units.
Models from the 1990's and earlier can require up to four times more energy than the newer, more efficient models.
To be eligible, the inside measurement of the unit must be between 10 and 30 cubic feet.
Customers can contact National Grid at 1-877-691-0021 to schedule a free pickup of the appliance before the program closes at the end of December 2014. Customers can also visit www.ngrid.com/unyrecycle.