LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NYSE:GE) GE Appliances & Lighting is once again leading the way
with the announcement of its new refrigeration water filter recycling
program, the first of its kind among appliance manufacturers.
If you drink water that comes from your refrigerator’s dispensing system
instead of plastic bottles, you’re already helping keep plastic out of
our landfills. Now GE can help you take that one step further by
recycling your old GE water filters and you won’t have to spend an extra
dime, or haul anything to a recycling center.
The program is designed to recycle 100 percent of the refrigerator water
filter. The plastic part of the product is “pelletized” and re-used. And
the charcoal filter is re-used in landfill liners that help prevent
substances from leaching into local water supplies.
“Given the hundreds of thousands of GE refrigerator water filters
currently in service, GE feels a responsibility to help consumers in
minimizing their environmental impact by providing a simple method to
responsibly recycle their used GE water filters,” says Laura Edwards, GE
parts sales and marketing operations manager.
When you order a replacement water filter from GE,1 you’ll
receive a free recycling kit for your used GE water filter. The kit
includes a pre-paid mailing label and envelope to make replacing your
water filter even easier. Changing the filter every six months helps
maintain clean drinking water from your refrigerator’s water and ice
dispensing system. Applicable filters include models MWF, MSWF, MXRC and
Other Recycling Firsts
GE is the first appliance manufacturer to partner with the
Environmental Protection Agency on its Responsible Appliance Disposal
(RAD) program with a focus on refrigeration recycling best practices.
GE’s new recycling initiative will reduce landfill waste by 85 percent.2
GE is the only full-line appliance manufacturer in the U.S. to adopt a
foam-blowing agent known as cyclopentane that will be used as part of
the insulating process in the manufacturing of its top-freezer
refrigerators in Decatur, Ala., which will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions from the foam-blowing process by 99 percent compared to the
foam-blowing agent it replaces.3
GE is expanding its ecomaginationSM commitment and will
dramatically reduce the GHG emissions it produces by converting other
U.S. refrigerator manufacturing facilities to cyclopentane within the
next few years. GE plans to convert the refrigeration insulation
manufacturing process at its side-by-side refrigerator Center of
Excellence in Bloomington, Ind., and its bottom-freezer refrigerator
Center of Excellence in Louisville, Ky., to cyclopentane by 2014.
“GE Appliances & Lighting is looking at every aspect of environmental
stewardship for our appliances — from manufacturing processes to more
responsible product end-of-life management,” said Paul Surowiec,
general manager, refrigeration, GE Appliances & Lighting. “We also
offer hundreds of ENERGY STAR®-qualified models to ensure our
appliances deliver efficiency and cost savings to consumers throughout
the appliance’s life.”
Additionally, GE was recently awarded the ENERGY STAR “Sustained
Excellence” Award for the sixth straight year, recognizing GE’s
commitment to delivering high-efficiency products to consumers.
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About GE Appliances & Lighting
GE Appliances & Lighting spans the globe as an industry leader in major
appliances, lighting, systems and services for commercial, industrial
and residential use. Technology innovation and the company’s
ecomagination (SM) initiative enable GE Appliances & Lighting to
aggressively bring to market products and solutions that help customers
meet pressing environmental challenges. General Electric (NYSE: GE),
imagination at work, sells products under the Monogram®, Profile(TM),
Café(TM), GE®, Hotpoint®, Reveal® and Energy Smart® consumer brands, and
Tetra®, Vio(TM) and Immersion® commercial brands. For more information,
consumers may visit http://www.ge.com.
1 To order your GE replacement water filter and receive your
free recycling kit, visit http://www.geapplianceparts.com
or call (877) 690-7115. And, to ensure clean, clear filtered water
year-round, sign up for our SmartOrder subscription program and have
your water filter delivered automatically every six months with free
2 Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. Advanced
Processing 2010 Landfill Data, based on the component listing found in
the American Plastics Council 1994 Composition, Properties and Economic
Study of Recycled Refrigerators Report.
3 Cyclopentane replaces HFC 134a.
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