Appliance Recycling Centers of America (ARCA) Awarded Multi-Year Contract by Ontario Power Authority to Continue Program

 Appliance Recycling Centers of America (ARCA) Awarded Multi-Year Contract by
             Ontario Power Authority to Continue Program Services

PR Newswire

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 6, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Appliance Recycling Centers of
America, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARCI) today announced that its Ontario subsidiary, ARCA
Canada Inc., has been awarded a multi-year contract by the Ontario Power
Authority (OPA) to continue to recycle old, working refrigerators, freezers
and window air conditioners. Since 2006, ARCA has recycled more than 320,000
energy-inefficient appliances for Ontario residents through OPA-sponsored
programs.

Under terms of the agreement to provide services for the OPA's saveONenergy
Fridge and Freezer Pickup initiative, ARCA will continue to collect eligible
appliances from consumer residences and other qualifying locations and recycle
them in an environmentally responsible manner, adhering to all best practices
and governmental regulations. The OPA's appliance retirement initiative is
scheduled to run through December 2014 and is delivered through a
province-wide partnership between the OPA and 77 local electric distribution
companies (LDCs).

Edward R. (Jack) Cameron, ARCA's president and chief executive officer,
commented: "We sincerely thank the OPA for continuing to show confidence in
ARCA's services and our advanced recycling technologies. The OPA's appliance
retirement initiative helps to prevent the release of ozone-depleting and
high-global-warming-potential refrigerants, as well as other environmentally
damaging materials found in old appliances, while reducing residential
electricity demand across Ontario. Appliance recycling programs like the OPA's
are a proven means for achieving significant energy savings, which can reduce
the need for additional electrical generation capacity. We are proud to
contribute to the green employment movement in Ontario and to the OPA's and
LDCs' energy saving and environmental efforts."

About ARCA

ARCA's (NASDAQ: ARCI) three business components are uniquely positioned in the
industry to work together to provide a full array of appliance-related
services. Twenty-one Company-owned stores under the name ApplianceSmart, Inc.®
sell new appliances directly to consumers and provide affordable ENERGY STAR®
options for energy efficiency appliance replacement programs; ARCA's regional
centers process appliances at end of life to remove environmentally damaging
substances and produce material byproducts for recycling for over 200
utilities in the U.S. and Canada; and ARCA Advanced Processing, LLC employs
advanced technology to refine traditional appliance recycling techniques to
achieve optimal revenue-generating and environmental benefits. ARCA is also
the exclusive North American distributor for UNTHA Recycling Technology (URT),
one of the world's leading manufacturers of technologically advanced
refrigerator recycling systems and recycling facilities for electrical
household appliances and electronic scrap.

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements as
defined within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These
forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could
cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made, including
the risks associated with general economic conditions, competition in the
retail and recycling industries and regulatory risks. Other factors that could
cause operating and financial results to differ are described in ARCA's
periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Other
risks may be detailed from time to time in reports to be filed with the SEC.

www.ARCAInc.com

SOURCE Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc.

Website: http://www.ARCAInc.com
Contact: Edward R. (Jack) Cameron, CEO, +1-952-930-9000
 
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