PHOENIX -- As of today, Salt River Project has recycled 50,000 refrigerators.
Since 2008, SRP has encouraged customers to give the utility their inefficient, working fridges and freezers for recycling, in exchange for $50.
The program has saved enough energy to power more than 10,000 homes and reduced carbon-dioxide emissions equal to taking more than 68,000 cars off the road for a year, according to SRP.
"This program shows the significant impact customers can have by taking one small step individually to recycle a refrigerator or freezer," said Cindy Marzofka, a spokeswoman for SRP. "Our customers not only save up to $100 a year on operating costs for each unit, they also have satisfaction in knowing they're helping the environment by recycling these large appliances."