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Appliance Recyclingarrows

If you're a South Dakota electric customer and would like to recycle a working refrigerator, freezer or window air conditioner, give us a call. MidAmerican Energy works with qualified contractors to pick up and recycle qualifying appliances at no cost to you, and you'll receive a rebate within 4-6 weeks of appliance pickup.

Why Recycle?
  • Save energy. Refrigerators built prior to 1990 can use two to three times more energy than a new high-efficiency model. A new ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator uses less than half as much energy as one made prior to 1993. New models use less energy than a 75-watt incandescent light bulb.
  • Save money. If operating, a spare refrigerator or freezer can add more than $100 per year to your electric bill.
  • Help protect the environment. Refrigeration and cooling units include a refrigerant, such as Freon®, that can damage the ozone layer when released into the atmosphere. Recycled appliances will be safely and properly disposed of to avoid refrigerant leakage.
    • ENERGY STAR qualified room air conditioners use at least 10 percent less energy than conventional models. According to the EPA, if every room air conditioner sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR qualified, 500 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent emissions of more than 49,000 cars – would be prevented annually.
  • Get paid. A $50 rebate is paid for each qualified refrigerator or freezer, and a $25 rebate is paid for each qualified window air conditioner.
Participation Guidelines
A maximum of two appliances in each category at each home can be recycled through this program. Refrigerators and freezers must be 10 cubic feet or larger, based on inside measurements (no commercial sizes). Appliances must be in working order, plugged in and empty at the time of pickup.

Schedule a pickup by calling 800-621-2757 or registering at Call center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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ENERGY STAR refrigerators use at least 15 percent less energy than currently available standard models, and ENERGY STAR freezers use at least 10 percent less energy than currently available standard models. Learn More