Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling

I Used To Be So Cool - Now I Waste Your Energy

Your fridge or freezer was made in the 70s, 80s or 90s. It used to be so cool, but now just wastes your energy. If you’re looking for a good reason to retire an old, full-size, working refrigerator or freezer, Ameren Illinois will give you three: 

  • We will provide you with a $50 reward to kick off the savings
  • You could save $100 a year or more on electric costs
  • We will provide free pickup and haul away of your old fridge or freezer

And better yet — Ameren Illinois will give your old appliances a new life. Our recycling facility in Peoria reuses the metal, glass, and plastic parts from your old fridge or freezer. These parts are recycled and made into brand new products.

Eligibility and Participation Requirements

You are if:

  1. You’re an Ameren Illinois residential electric customer, and
  2. Your refrigerator or freezer is at least 10 years old, and
  3. Your refrigerator or freezer is full-size (i.e., 10-27 cubic ft) and still cools 

That’s it! It doesn’t matter where the appliance is in your home. You don’t even have to purchase a new appliance to qualify for the reward.

If you meet the eligibility requirements above, grab your Ameren Illinois account number and schedule an appliance pickup online, or to schedule a pickup by phone call 1.844.379.0047.

Either way, once we’ve taken that old refrigerator or freezer off your hands, we’ll send you a check for $50 within six weeks.

To prepare for pick-up, please have the unit empty, plugged in to verify it is in working order, accessible with a clear path to be removed, and an adult, age 18 or older, present.

More Information

Need to replace your inefficient fridge? Ask the experts: No one knows more about ENERGY STAR appliances than ENERGY STAR. Their refrigerator buying overview and buying guide is just the place to get started. Or, find out how efficient (or not) your fridge is with the ENERGY STAR refrigerator calculator.

Take the Flip a Fridge pledge — and save! Pledge to "flip" your old fridge to an ENERGY STAR certified model and you'll benefit from the many rebates available for purchases and recycling. Even better, you'll help save Americans more than $800 million in energy costs and prevent more than 14 billion lbs of greenhouse gases — equivalent to the emissions from more than 1 million vehicles. Cool for you and cool for the planet!

Big name in small energy bills. You see the ENERGY STAR name all over the place these days, and for good reason — on average, an ENERGY STAR qualified model can cut your energy bills by $165 over the lifetime of your fridge. Learn more about the ENERGY STAR program.

More ways to save: Most homes offer tons of opportunities for saving energy that you may not even realize. Ameren Illinois' Energy Savings Center is your gateway to a wealth of energy efficiency videos, checklists, and tips for saving energy inside — and outside your home.