ComEd has contracted with a company named Recleim to perform the scheduling, collection and recycling functions for this service. A specially trained, two-person crew will come to your home to pick up your old unit.
Once the crew arrives, it typically takes no more than 10-15 minutes, depending on where the unit is located within your home. For example, a unit in your garage may be easier to remove than a unit that must be carried up from your basement. You can expect a reminder call 1-2 days in advance providing you with a more specific four-hour window of time, along with a call from the crew on the day of the appointment to let you know they’re on their way. When you schedule your appointment, please be sure to provide the best phone number at which we can reach you.
You will receive your incentive within approximately 4 weeks of the pickup date.
All units are taken to a local area facility, where the recycling process begins. No units are sold, donated, or reused in any manner - they are permanently removed from the electric grid. Approximately 95% of the material in each unit is separated and recycled in an environmentally responsible way. The glass, metal, plastic, oil, and refrigerant are kept out of landfills and waterways, which helps protect our environment.
ComEd participates in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program. This voluntary partnership helps to protect the ozone layer and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by recovering ozone-depleting chemicals. Learn more about the EPA RAD program.
Since this service began for ComEd customers in June 2008, more than 300,000 old, working refrigerators and freezers have been recycled.
We’ll collect old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers of any age. The units that we collect from our customers are typically around 20 years old, with many being even older.
There are many items that use electricity throughout your home, though not all are used on a daily basis. For example, you likely use your clothes washer or dishwasher for only a handful of loads each week. However, the food in your refrigerator or freezer needs to stay cold or frozen 24 hours each day, every day. These appliances continuously cycle on and off in order to keep your food at the desired temperature, and it’s these old, inefficient units that we’re trying to remove from the electric grid.
We suggest that you contact the local waste management company for the area in which you live to determine disposal options for non-working units. You might also consider contacting a local scrap metal dealer or other private garbage hauler for assistance.