New Jersey is offering an incentive for its residents to rid themselves of old, energy inefficient refrigerators or freezers.
The state's "Recycling & Win" program will run through the end of May.
Residents who participate in the free program will enjoy free pickup of their refrigerator or freezer, receive a $50 incentive check and be entered in a drawing to win one of four $500 prepaid debit cards, officials said.
The debit cards can be applied toward the purchase of efficient appliances at retailers across New Jersey.
The promotion comes on the heels of last year's "Oldest Refrigerator Contest," in which Stanley Swiderski, of Hamilton Township, received a $1,000 prize for recycling the state’s oldest functioning refrigerator, a 1935 Westinghouse model.
"Promotions such as Recycle & Win and the Oldest Refrigerator Contest are great ways to inform New Jerseyans of ways to reduce energy consumption, cut utility bills, and have a positive environmental impact by properly recycling an old refrigerator or freezer," said Bob Hanna, president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. "You can kick start your spring cleaning, receive a $50 check, and have a shot at winning $500 for new, more efficient appliances."
To be entered in the raffle, residents can sign up to have their refrigerator or freezer recycled by calling 877-270-3520 or visiting NJCleanEnergy.com/REFRIGERATOR through May 31.
The program is limited to two units for each household. Appliances to be recycled must be in working order and between 10 and 30 cubic feet — standard size for most refrigerators and freezers.