Southern California Edison and the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a local recycling milestone: One million refrigerators crushed as part of the EPA’s ongoing Responsible Appliance Disposal Program. Making SoCal Edison the first utility to reach the one million mark, the occasion was celebrated last week at an Appliance Recycling Center of America in Compton, California.
“It’s about the customers. Californians are educated, motivated and care about the environment,” said EPA regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld by phone about the accomplishment. “People here understand the relationship between energy consumption and air quality, and want to do their part in tipping the balance.”
Blumenfeld also cites the ease of the SoCal program as opposed to other cities, where recycling an old refrigerator is much more of a chore.