Appliance Recycling Residential Program

That extra old refrigerator in your basement or garage is stealing your hard earned money!

Recycle that old working refrigerator or freezer today and DTE Energy will mail you a check for $50!

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Get rid of the extra old working refrigerator by letting DTE Energy recycle it for you. We'll pick up your old working refrigerator and mail you a check for $50! We recycle 95 percent of that old refrigerator so it's good for the environment as well as your wallet. If you also have an old working freezer you want to get rid of, we will recycle that too and pay you another $50. At the same time, we will also pick up your old working room air conditioner and or dehumidifier which will qualify for a $20 rebate (must be picked up with a refrigerator or freezer).

Schedule now or call DTE Energy at 866.796.0512

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the program requirements?
  1. The refrigerator or freezer must be clean, empty, defrosted, and in working condition.
  2. The unit must meet the size requirement which is 10 cu ft - 30 cu ft.
  3. You must be a current DTE Electric customer.
  4. An adult, 18 years of age or older, must be present to sign and release the unit at the time of the pickup.
  5. The unit needs to be plugged in and running on the day of the pickup.
  6. Recycling appliance must be disconnected from waterlines prior to the pickup crew's arrival.
  7. You must provide clear and safe access to your appliances for the removal team. They will not risk injury or be able to move personal effects or modify your home (e.g.: remove door or railings) to remove the unit(s).

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How do I measure to make sure my unit meets the size requirement?

The unit must meet the size requirement which is 10 cu ft - 30 cu ft. Measure the width, height and depth from the inside with the doors open for each compartment (if more than 1). First multiply width by depth then height to calculate cubic inches, then divide cubic inches by 1,728 to get the cubic feet.

Example:

29 inch width, 29 inch depth and 60 inch height = 29 X 29 X 60 = 50,460 cubic inches.
50,460 รท 1,728 = 29.20 cubic feet.

What is the savings of replacing a typical 1970s refrigerator?
Type of refrigerator (cubic foot) 1970s olive green 22 cu. ft
Energy use per year $250
New Energy Star 4.4 cubic foot model - cost per year $28
Cost of Energy Star beverage refrigerator $210
Total Cost of purchase and energy use year 1 $238
DTE Energy Rebate for the old working refrigerator $40
Savings year 1 even with cost of new beverage refrigerator included $52
Savings over 5 years with cost of new beverage refrigerator included $940
What is the yearly energy cost of my old refrigerator?
Year built 1980 or earlier 1981 - 1989 1990 - 1992 1993 - 2000 2001 - 2008
Refrigerator size (Cu. Ft.) cost per year cost per year cost per year cost per year cost per year
Below 16.5 $228 $157 $118 $79 $51
16.5 to 18.9 $229 $176 $133 $89 $56
19.0 to 21.4 $246 $190 $143 $95 $60
21.5 to 24.4 $261 $201 $151 $100 $63
24.5 and above $294 $227 $170 $115 $69
How much could I save by replacing my old refrigerator with an ENERGY STAR beverage refrigerator?

1980 or older refrigerator

Refrigerator Size (cubic foot) 1980 or older cost per year ENERGY STAR 4.4 cubic foot model - cost per year Energy Savings over 5 years
Below 16.5 $228 $28 $1,000
16.5 to 18.9 $229 $28 $1,005
19.0 to 21.4 $246 $28 $1,090
21.5 to 24.4 $261 $28 $1,165
24.5 and above $294 $28 $1,330

1981 - 1989 refrigerator

Refrigerator Size (cubic foot) 1981 - 1989 cost per year ENERGY STAR 4.4 cubic foot model - cost per year Energy Savings over 5 years
Below 16.5 $157 $28 $645
16.5 to 18.9 $176 $28 $740
19.0 to 21.4 $190 $28 $810
21.5 to 24.4 $201 $28 $865
24.5 and above $227 $28 $995

1990 to 1992 refrigerator

Refrigerator Size (cubic foot) 1990 to 1992 cost per year ENERGY STAR 4.4 cubic foot model - cost per year Energy Savings over 5 years
Below 16.5 $118 $28 $450
16.5 to 18.9 $133 $28 $525
19.0 to 21.4 $143 $28 $575
21.5 to 24.4 $151 $28 $615
24.5 and above $170 $28 $710

1993 to 2000 refrigerator

Refrigerator Size (cubic foot) 1993 to 2000 cost per year ENERGY STAR 4.4 cubic foot model - cost per year Energy Savings over 5 years
Below 16.5 $79 $28 $255
16.5 to 18.9 $89 $28 $305
19.0 to 21.4 $95 $28 $335
21.5 to 24.4 $100 $28 $360
24.5 and above $115 $28 $435

2001 to 2008 refrigerator

Refrigerator Size (cubic foot) 2001 to 2008 cost per year ENERGY STAR 4.4 cubic foot model - cost per year Energy Savings over 5 years
Below 16.5 $51 $28 $115
16.5 to 18.9 $56 $28 $140
19.0 to 21.4 $60 $28 $160
21.5 to 24.4 $63 $28 $175
24.5 and above $69 $28 $205
How much could I save by replacing my old refrigerator with an ENERGY STAR full size refrigerator?

1980 or older refrigerator

Refrigerator Size (cubic foot) 1980 or older cost per year ENERGY STAR model - cost per year Energy Savings over 5 years
Below 16.5 $228 $39 $945
16.5 to 18.9 $229 $43 $930
19.0 to 21.4 $246 $45 $1,005
21.5 to 24.4 $261 $48 $1,065
24.5 and above $294 $53 $1,230

1981 - 1989 refrigerator

Refrigerator Size (cubic foot) 1981 - 1989 cost per year ENERGY STAR model - cost per year Energy Savings over 5 years
Below 16.5 $157 $39 $590
16.5 to 18.9 $176 $43 $665
19.0 to 21.4 $190 $45 $725
21.5 to 24.4 $201 $48 $765
24.5 and above $227 $53 $870

1990 to 1992 refrigerator

Refrigerator Size (cubic foot) 1990 to 1992 cost per year ENERGY STAR model - cost per year Energy Savings over 5 years
Below 16.5 $118 $39 $395
16.5 to 18.9 $133 $43 $450
19.0 to 21.4 $143 $45 $490
21.5 to 24.4 $151 $48 $515
24.5 and above $170 $53 $585

1993 to 2000 refrigerator

Refrigerator Size (cubic foot) 1993 to 2000 cost per year ENERGY STAR model - cost per year Energy Savings over 5 years
Below 16.5 $79 $39 $200
16.5 to 18.9 $89 $43 $230
19.0 to 21.4 $95 $45 $250
21.5 to 24.4 $100 $48 $260
24.5 and above $115 $53 $310

2001 to 2008 refrigerator

Refrigerator Size (cubic foot) 2001 to 2008 cost per year ENERGY STAR model - cost per year Energy Savings over 5 years
Below 16.5 $51 $39 $60
16.5 to 18.9 $56 $43 $65
19.0 to 21.4 $60 $45 $75
21.5 to 24.4 $63 $48 $75
24.5 and above $69 $53 $80