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NHU Benefits from Parnership with EPA for Appliance Recycling

New Holstein Utilities' appliance recycling program has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Responsible Appliance Disposal Program for meeting the highest standards for disposal and recycling of appliances that contain harmful refrigerants.

NHU provides a Responsible Appliance Recycling Program through its power provider, WPPI Energy. WPPI Energy's member utilities have joined the EPA's RAD Program, gaining recognition for the utilities' longstanding efforts to recycle and responsibly dispose of appliances based on EPA standards.

"Older appliances are less efficient than newer models and consequently, more expensive to run. By partnering with the EPA, our customers now have a guarantee that old units are permanently removed, properly disposed of and not placed in a secondary market," said Frank Barth, NHU's Energy Services Representative.

Intended to help customer conserve energy, the Responsible Appliance Recycling Program provides a value-added service to customers of NHU who are concerned about their energy costs and usage. The programs provides NHU's customers a way to responsibly reduce landfill use through the recycling of useful refrigerator and freezer parts and recovery of dangerous polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and ozone depleting substances.

New Holstein is one of 21 other WPPI Energy member communities currently participating in the Responsible Appliance Program. As a program participant, NHU's customers are eligible to receive an incentive for turning in their operable refrigerators and freezers. Under certain circumstances, customers may also be able to dispose of their window air conditioners and dehumidifiers as well. The Appliance Recycling Center of America, Inc. (ARCA) provides the recycling services.