Appliance Recycling Centers of America, through its subsidiary ARCA Canada has secured a multi-year contract by the Ontario Power Authority to recycle old, working refrigerators, freezers and window air conditioners.

The company will offer services to the utility for its saveONenergy Fridge and Freezer Pickup initiatives, collecting eligible appliances from residential as well as other qualifying locations to recycle them in an environmentally responsible manner while adhering to all best practices and governmental regulations.

ARCA’s president and chief executive officer Edward R. (Jack) Cameron commented that the OPA initiative is a proven method of energy saving and can reduce the need for increased power generation.

"The OPA’s appliance retirement initiative helps to prevent the release of ozone-depleting and high-global-warming-potential refrigerants, as well as other environmentally damaging materials found in old appliances, while reducing residential electricity demand across Ontario," added Cameron.

The Ontario Power Authority in partnership with 77 local electric distribution companies to administer the program that is expected run through the end of December 2014.