BLP collects old, working appliances for rebates

Robert and Lisa Frey of Ferrysburg dropped off two heavy dehumidifiers at the Ottawa County parking lot in Grand Haven on Saturday morning. "They both work and they both use a lot of electricity,' Lisa said. The Freys brought the units to a four-hour recycling event hosted by the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power and the Padnos Iron & Metal Co. For each appliance, the Freys will receive a $15 rebate in the mail from the municipal utility, BLP Controller Kristin Kratt said, as part of the BLP's Energy Smart program.
Mark Brooky
Oct 10, 2011


“The purpose of this is to help educate our customers on recycling, and to help give them a way to get rid of those old window air conditioners and dehumidifiers that were maybe in their basement or garage, and they didn’t know what to do with them,” Kratt explained.

Employees of Padnos Iron & Metal and the BLP checked out the appliances and drained any freon gas from the units before loading them into a dumpster in the parking lot off Franklin Avenue.

“We’re collecting running appliances that’s going to decrease the strain on the electrical grid,” explained Travis Mikulenas, an account executive for Padnos Iron & Metal. “And we’re here ... to recycle the metals that are being collected as part of the program.”

After the event, the Padnos staff took the dumpster back to their Holland facility, where the units were to be compressed and sent to steel mills for creating new products.

For more information about the BLP’s Energy Smart program, call 846-6250 or visit


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