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Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD)

News and Events

News about RAD

Recleim Demanufacturing Plant Opens in Lima Exit
September 2017

Upcoming Events

2018 RAD Fall Partner Meeting
Phoenix, AZ (September 6, 2018 at 4:30 PM)
The RAD program will be hosting a partner meeting on the margins of the 2018 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting (invite only). Contact Sally Hamlin at Hamlin.Sally@epa.gov for additional details.

News and Events Archive

  • 2017

    2017 Fall Partner Meeting
    October 25, 2017
    The RAD program held an in-person partner meeting on October 25, 2017. The partner meeting began with a recap of 2016 partner achievements and an overview of recently completed and upcoming RAD activities. Following the presentation, RAD partners engaged in a group discussion focused on opportunities for partner growth and community engagement.

    Eversource, National Grid, and Sears Dehumidifier Collection Event
    June 4, 2017
    RAD utility partners Eversource and National Grid, along with RAD retailer partner Sears, hosted a collection event on June 4, 2017. The event offered residents an opportunity to drop-off old dehumidifiers and receive a $30 rebate with the purchase of a new ENERGY STAR certified dehumidifier.

    RAD’s EPA Program Manager participated in the event. As residents turned-in their dehumidifiers, the RAD Program Manager briefly explained the positive environmental impacts of their decision to properly recycle their dehumidifiers and distributed a handout to residents with additional information about the environmental benefits of RAD.

    Dehumidifier Collection Event

    BGE AC Unit and Dehumidifier Collection Event
    May 20, 2017
    RAD partner Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) partnered with the Columbia Association, a non-profit community organization of approximately 100,000 residents that offers recreation, cultural, and community services in Columbia, Maryland, for a drop-off event on May 20, 2017. Residents that dropped-off old, working room air conditioning units or dehumidifiers received a $25 reward per appliance (limit of $50 per household for 2 units).

    Three representatives of the RAD program, including RAD’s EPA Program Manager, participated in the event. As residents’ appliances were transferred to an ARCA truck for transport to the recycling facility, the RAD program representatives thanked participants for deciding to properly recycle their AC units and dehumidifiers and distributed a handout to participants with additional information about the environmental benefits of RAD.

    The RAD program representatives spoke to over 50 consumers, increasing their awareness of the RAD program. In addition, the event collected over 80 AC units and dehumidifiers and emphasized BGE’s environmental commitment to the EPA program.

    AC Unit and Dehumidifier Collection Event

    2017 RAD Spring Partner Meeting
    April 26, 2017
    The RAD program held an in-person partner meeting on April 26, 2017. The partner meeting began with a recap of 2015 partner achievements and an overview of recently completed and upcoming RAD activities. Following the presentation, RAD partners engaged in a group discussion focused on recently developed resources for partners and opportunities for program growth.

  • 2016

    2016 RAD Fall Partner Meeting
    October 25, 2016
    The RAD program held an in-person partner meeting on October 25, 2016. The partner meeting began with a recap of 2015 partner achievements, an overview of recently completed and upcoming RAD activities, and recent domestic and international actions that impact RAD partners. Following the presentation, partners broke out into two roundtable discussion groups. The first discussion group focused on topics related to RAD benefits, marketing, and consumer outreach, while the second discussion group focused on topics related to increasing program growth and enhancing RAD partner benefits.

    Becoming RAD Webinar
    August 31, 2016
    The RAD program hosted a webinar, Becoming RAD, on August 31, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar featured presentations by the RAD Program Manager and RAD utility partners Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) and Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE). The RAD Program Manager opened with a brief introduction to the RAD Program and an overview of the benefits. Following this presentation, ComEd and BGE discussed their respective RAD partnerships including how their programs operate, program strategies, and benefits achieved.

    RAD Non-Energy Benefits (NEBs) Webinar
    June 2, 2016
    The RAD program hosted a webinar, RAD Non-Energy Benefits (NEBs), on June 2, 2016 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EDT. The webinar featured presentations by RAD utility partner Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), the Cadmus Group (Cadmus), and ICF International (ICF). ComEd opened with a brief presentation on its appliance recycling program; Cadmus presented its latest research on NEBs of appliance recycling programs; and ICF discussed how RAD calculates NEBs for partners.

    2016 RAD Spring Partner Meeting
    April 13, 2016
    The RAD program held an in-person partner meeting on April 13, 2016. As in prior years, the meeting was structured as a facilitated roundtable dialogue. The meeting covered the following discussion topics: national and international efforts to address hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), aligning RAD activities with partner needs, and partner successes and program challenges.

    ENERGY STAR Flip Your Fridge Campaign
    2016
    It’s time to Flip Your Fridge! Why not recycle that old energy wasting refrigerator and replace it with a new ENERGY STAR certified model? You’ll save energy and help protect the climate—plus benefit from the many rebates available for purchases and recycling. Cool for you and cool for the planet!

    RAD 2015 Reporting Form Webinar
    January 29, 2016
    The RAD program hosted the annual RAD reporting form overview and training webinar on Friday, January 29, from 1:30-2:30 PM EDT. During the webinar, RAD provided an overview of the 2015 annual reporting form and gave a brief demonstration on how to complete the new form.

  • 2015

    2015 RAD Fall Partner Meeting
    October 13, 2015
    The RAD program held an in-person partner meeting on October 13, 2015. As in prior years, the meeting was structured as a facilitated roundtable dialogue. The meeting covered the following discussion topics: 2014 RAD partner achievements and trends, national and international efforts to address HFCs, enhancing RAD partner recognition, and communicating the benefits of RAD.

    Multifamily Appliance Recycling Programs (ARPs) Webinar
    August 19, 2015
    The RAD program hosted a webinar, Multifamily Appliance Recycling Programs (ARPs), on August 19, 2015, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar was presented by RAD utility partners Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), which discussed their respective multifamily ARPs. Topics covered included program history and design, successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

    2015 RAD Spring Partner Meeting
    April 20, 2015
    The RAD program held an in-person partner meeting on April 20, 2015. As in prior years, the meeting was structured as a facilitated roundtable dialogue. The meeting covered the following discussion topics: partner recognition, collaborative marketing, and collaboration with ENERGY STAR on the Flip Your Fridge campaign.

  • 2014

    2014 RAD Fall Partner Meeting
    October 24, 2014
    The RAD program held an in-person partner meeting on October 24, 2014. As in prior years, the meeting was structured as a facilitated roundtable dialogue. The meeting covered the following discussion topics: partner recognition, collaborative marketing, and quantifying non-energy benefits of appliance recycling programs.

    2014 RAD Spring Partner Meeting
    April 29, 2014
    The RAD program held an in-person partner meeting on April 29, 2014. As in prior years, the meeting was structured as a facilitated roundtable dialogue. The meeting covered the following discussion topics: overview of recent RAD program activities, opportunities for retailer-utility partnerships and consumer awareness and satisfaction, recycling facilities with foam recovery capabilities, and partner challenges with foam recovery across blowing agent types and other recycling trends.

    Retailer-Utility Recycling Programs: Close-up on Sears and Consumers Energy
    March 26, 2014
    The RAD program hosted a webinar on March 26, 2014, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EST. The webinar discussed RAD utility-retailer partnerships and opened a forum for discussion of best practices on this topic. It highlighted the approach of RAD retail partner, Sears; RAD utility partner, Consumers Energy; and appliance recycler, JACO Environmental.

    Increasing Climate Benefits through Your Recycling Program: Close-up on GE Appliances’ Approach
    February 26, 2014
    The RAD program hosted a webinar on February 26, 2014, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM EDT, to discuss strategies for increasing climate benefits through your recycling program. The webinar discussed trends in foam recovery and highlighted the approach of RAD manufacturer partner General Electric (GE) Appliances, and its appliance recycler ARCA Advanced Processing (AAP).

  • 2013
  • 2012

    RAD Celebrate 50 Partners and Six Years of Achievement
    December 2012

    RAD Working Session at the ENERGY STAR Partner Products Meeting
    October 24, 2012
    The RAD program held an in-person partner meeting on October 24, 2012. The meeting was structured as a facilitated roundtable dialogue and the meeting covered the following discussion topics: overview of 2012 RAD program successes; opportunities for enhancing partnerships between utilities, retailers, and manufacturers; refrigerator and foam recycling trends; and upcoming resources and events.