MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ApplianceSmart, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of local Minnesota-based Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARCI), today announced that the company held a milestone event with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program and ENERGY STAR® at its new Eden Prairie retail store in Minnesota on Monday, October 22, 2012. ApplianceSmart's voluntary participation and status as the first independent retailer in the nation to become a RAD partner exemplifies the company's commitment to providing unrivaled, environmentally conscious service options to customers while lessening the negative impact of appliance disposal on the environment. Through the program, ApplianceSmart properly recovers ozone-depleting chemicals from old refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioners and dehumidifiers through its free haul-away and recycling services. ApplianceSmart also offers free curbside collection of appliances, no purchase necessary, in select Georgia, Ohio and Minnesota locations, furthering its commitment to minimizing the number of appliances that enter landfills and to the RAD program. Local residents may also drop off appliances year-round at ApplianceSmart's twenty locations for proper recycling. "Through our parent company, ARCA, we have been at the forefront of the appliance industry and have over 36 years of experience in providing innovative, environmentally-sound recycling services through each aspect of our operations," said Bradley Bremer, President of ApplianceSmart, Inc. "Not only do we properly recover ozone-depleting substances, but we use state-of-the art processing equipment that increases the purity of byproducts and decreases the quantity of other materials that generally go to landfills. We seek to offer our customers not only the most affordable appliances, but also unrivaled service options that impact the entire community." During ApplianceSmart's time as a RAD partner, recycling efforts have avoided emissions of 21,000 pounds of substances that harm the ozone layer and about 32,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. In terms of avoided greenhouse gas emissions, ApplianceSmart has achieved the same climate benefit as keeping more than 6,300 cars off the road annually. ApplianceSmart has recycled thousands of appliances, keeping nearly 3 million pounds of recyclable materials out of a landfill.