Pepco Honored for Exceptional Recycling Efforts
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Pepco Honored for Exceptional Recycling Efforts

Pepco and its Forestville Service Center were recently honored by Keep Prince George’s County Beautiful (KPGCB), a non-profit corporation that partners with Maryland Department of the Environment's (DoE) Resource Recovery Division to create cleaner, greener, litter-free communities.

At their first annual Waste Diversion and Recycling Awards ceremony, in honor of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, KPGCB and the DoE presented awards to Prince George’s County commercial businesses, schools and other entities that have demonstrated exceptional achievements in recycling and waste diversion to advance the mission of KPGCB and DoE.

Pepco was recognized for collecting and recycling 3,742 refrigerators, freezers, residential air conditioners, and dehumidifiers from Prince George’s County residents since the launch of its Appliance Recycling Program in 2012. The removal and recycling of these appliances equates to 3,541 megawatt hours of energy savings for Prince George’s County residents, the equivalent energy use of 300 homes for one year, 281,762 gallons of gasoline used, or 873 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled. Additional information on Pepco's Appliance Recycling Program can be found at pepco.com/appliancerecycling.

Pepco’s  Forestville Maryland Service Center also received an award for employing rigorous recycling efforts including recycling of waste energy equipment like transformers and utility poles, as well as scrap metal, universal wastes such as lead acid batteries, and fleet waste including tires. The Forestville Service Center also utilizes single stream recycling for office waste such as paper, plastic and aluminum cans. In total, the Forestville Service Center recycled more than 12,000 tons of material in 2019.