From Filter to Fridge, GE Can Recycle it All

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NYSE:GE) GE Appliances & Lighting is once again leading the way

with the announcement of its new refrigeration water filter recycling

program, the first of its kind among appliance manufacturers.

If you drink water that comes from your refrigerator’s dispensing system

instead of plastic bottles, you’re already helping keep plastic out of

our landfills. Now GE can help you take that one step further by

recycling your old GE water filters and you won’t have to spend an extra

dime, or haul anything to a recycling center.

The program is designed to recycle 100 percent of the refrigerator water

filter. The plastic part of the product is “pelletized” and re-used. And

the charcoal filter is re-used in landfill liners that help prevent

substances from leaching into local water supplies.

“Given the hundreds of thousands of GE refrigerator water filters

currently in service, GE feels a responsibility to help consumers in

minimizing their environmental impact by providing a simple method to

responsibly recycle their used GE water filters,” says Laura Edwards, GE

parts sales and marketing operations manager.

When you order a replacement water filter from GE,1 you’ll

receive a free recycling kit for your used GE water filter. The kit

includes a pre-paid mailing label and envelope to make replacing your

water filter even easier. Changing the filter every six months helps

maintain clean drinking water from your refrigerator’s water and ice

dispensing system. Applicable filters include models MWF, MSWF, MXRC and


Other Recycling Firsts

GE is the first appliance manufacturer to partner with the

Environmental Protection Agency on its Responsible Appliance Disposal

(RAD) program with a focus on refrigeration recycling best practices.

GE’s new recycling initiative will reduce landfill waste by 85 percent.2

GE is the only full-line appliance manufacturer in the U.S. to adopt a

foam-blowing agent known as cyclopentane that will be used as part of

the insulating process in the manufacturing of its top-freezer

refrigerators in Decatur, Ala., which will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG)

emissions from the foam-blowing process by 99 percent compared to the

foam-blowing agent it replaces.3

GE is expanding its ecomaginationSM commitment and will

dramatically reduce the GHG emissions it produces by converting other

U.S. refrigerator manufacturing facilities to cyclopentane within the

next few years. GE plans to convert the refrigeration insulation

manufacturing process at its side-by-side refrigerator Center of

Excellence in Bloomington, Ind., and its bottom-freezer refrigerator

Center of Excellence in Louisville, Ky., to cyclopentane by 2014.

“GE Appliances & Lighting is looking at every aspect of environmental

stewardship for our appliances — from manufacturing processes to more

responsible product end-of-life management,” said Paul Surowiec,

general manager, refrigeration, GE Appliances & Lighting. “We also

offer hundreds of ENERGY STAR®-qualified models to ensure our

appliances deliver efficiency and cost savings to consumers throughout

the appliance’s life.”

Additionally, GE was recently awarded the ENERGY STAR “Sustained

Excellence” Award for the sixth straight year, recognizing GE’s

commitment to delivering high-efficiency products to consumers.

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About GE Appliances & Lighting

GE Appliances & Lighting spans the globe as an industry leader in major

appliances, lighting, systems and services for commercial, industrial

and residential use. Technology innovation and the company’s

ecomagination (SM) initiative enable GE Appliances & Lighting to

aggressively bring to market products and solutions that help customers

meet pressing environmental challenges. General Electric (NYSE: GE),

imagination at work, sells products under the Monogram®, Profile(TM),

Café(TM), GE®, Hotpoint®, Reveal® and Energy Smart® consumer brands, and

Tetra®, Vio(TM) and Immersion® commercial brands. For more information,

consumers may visit

1 To order your GE replacement water filter and receive your

free recycling kit, visit

or call (877) 690-7115. And, to ensure clean, clear filtered water

year-round, sign up for our SmartOrder subscription program and have

your water filter delivered automatically every six months with free


2 Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. Advanced

Processing 2010 Landfill Data, based on the component listing found in

the American Plastics Council 1994 Composition, Properties and Economic

Study of Recycled Refrigerators Report.

3 Cyclopentane replaces HFC 134a.

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