Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published May 10, 2013

BGE Recycles More Than 400 Old Room Air Conditioners During Two-Day Recycling Event


Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Recycles More Than 400 Old Room Air

Conditioners During Two-Day Recycling Event

BGE customers received $25 per air conditioning unit recycled through the BGE Smart Energy Savers


BALTIMORE (May 10, 2013) – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that BGE customers recycled more than 400 room air conditioners through the company’s room air conditioner recycling drop-off event that was held last weekend at Sears at the Eastpoint Mall in Dundalk, and Sears at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre in Cockeysville. BGE residential customers received a $25 reward from the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program for bringing in their functional (cooling) air conditioning units to be recycled.

“With more than 400 room air conditioning units recycled, BGE customers have directly contributed to the recycling and prevention of 1,600 pounds of plastic and 31,000 pounds of metal, refrigerant and oil from entering our landfills. These items can release harmful toxins and greenhouse gases into the environment,” said Christopher Walls, manager of energy efficiency programs for BGE.  “Customers who replace their recycled unit with a new ENERGY STAR® certified air conditioner, which uses approximately 10 percent less energy, can save approximately $50 in energy costs over the lifetime of the unit and receive an additional $25 rebate through the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program.” 

All collected units have been sent to the Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. (ARCA) processing plant where processors will begin removing all plastics, metals, refrigerant and oil.  Once all parts are separated, the metal is sent to a local metal processor that shreds the material, melts the metal to remove impurities and forms it into a solid material which will eventually be used for products such as rebar or car parts, while the copper and aluminum byproducts are made into products such as aerospace parts.  The plastic is separated, ground, melted and formed into pellets that can be used to manufacture items such as sorting trays, trashcans and the backs of televisions.  Oil is sent to a local processor that refines it to produce sellable oil, while compressors are separated, melted and refined for use by manufacturers in new products.

At the two-day recycling event, the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program provided customers with $25 per unit recycled, for up to two room air conditioning units. Units had to be in functional (cooling) condition to be eligible. Customers will receive a check for $25 per air conditioner in approximately four weeks.

BGE also offers a $50 reward for recycling old, working refrigerators or freezers through the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program. To participate, customers can contact BGE to schedule a pick-up and BGE will haul away the old refrigerators and freezers at no additional cost. There is a limit of two refrigerators or freezers per household. Appliances must be in functional (cooling) condition and measure 10 to 27 cubic feet, which is standard for most refrigerators and freezers. Room air conditioning units may also be recycled through this program, but only if picked up at the same time as a refrigerator or freezer. Appointments are required and available or by calling 866.898.1901.

The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program is a suite of programs that enable all customers to control energy use, leading to more efficient use of electricity and lowering energy bills from where they otherwise would be. Collectively, the programs help contain the cost of energy and improve reliability. The programs also help to reduce peak demand and slow the growth in energy consumption to lessen the need for more power plants. BGE offers energy-saving solutions for renters, homeowners, large and small business customers, nonprofits and institutional customers. More information is available at  These programs support the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act.