Since 2016, UDWI REMC has been a part of a regional cooperative partnership with local Habitat for Humanity ReStores, offering the highly successful and beneficial Appliance Recycling Program to member-consumers. Effective in May 2020, this program was suspended for COVID-19 precautions. Going forward, this program will be discontinued to make way for future member programs. We appreciate the strong partnership over the last four years with southern Indiana ReStores, which will continue to be crucial to our communities.
When member-consumers replaced or retired an old, inefficient refrigerator or freezer, they often noticed big savings on their energy bills and substantial reductions in energy consumption. As part of the Appliance Recycling Program, member-consumers received a $50 incentive for each appliance they recycled. Habitat for Humanity chapters providing collection services received a stipend for each appliance collected, which was then funneled into home building programs for local families. Appliances were then salvaged and recyclable materials, such as glass, plastic, and bulk iron, were kept out of landfills.
Over the past four years, Habitat for Humanity ReStores have collected more than 4,800 refrigerators and freezers across southern Indiana. This has contributed to more than $218,000 returned to member-consumers in the form of a $50 appliance incentive and $514,000 donated to Habitat for Humanity ReStores for their services. Thank you for your participation and support of this past program. We are excited for new member-focused programs in the future.