ApplianceSmart®, a Long-Standing ENERGY STAR® Partner, Reaches Milestone as EPA Responsible Appliance Disposal Program Member

 ApplianceSmart®, a Long-Standing ENERGY STAR® Partner, Reaches Milestone as
              EPA Responsible Appliance Disposal Program Member

Celebrates status as first independent retailer to voluntarily join movement
toward environmentally friendly appliance recycling

PR Newswire

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 23, 2012

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[1], 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.

Melissa Fiffer, RAD Program Manager from the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency office in Washington, D.C., spoke on behalf of the RAD program. "Retail
partners like ApplianceSmart demonstrate a strong commitment to protecting the
environment, from their recycling efforts behind the scenes to the educational
opportunities they provide their customers," stated Fiffer.

Also in attendance was Rosemarie Stephens-Booker, program manager for ENERGY
STAR® Appliances at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency office in
Washington, D.C. Ms. Stephens-Booker spoke of ApplianceSmart's exemplary
support of the Energy Star brand, which allows customers to benefit from
affordable, efficient, environmentally-conscious products in each of the
twenty company-owned stores.

ApplianceSmart and speakers from the event will be in attendance at the ENERGY
STAR® Product Partner's Meeting in St. Paul on October 23 and 24, 2012.

About ApplianceSmart, Inc.

Through its ApplianceSmart, Inc. operation, ARCA is one of the nation's
leading retailers of special-buy household appliances, primarily those
manufactured by Bosch, Electrolux, General Electric, Whirlpool and Samsung.
These special-buy appliances, which include close-outs, factory overruns,
discontinued and hard-to-find models, typically are not integrated into the
manufacturer's normal distribution channel. ApplianceSmart sells these new
appliances at a discount to full retail, offers a 100% money-back guarantee
and provides warranties on parts and labor. ApplianceSmart is a proud ENERGY
STAR® partner and is the first independent retailer in the nation to
voluntarily become a member of the EPA's RAD Program. ApplianceSmart currently
operates 20 stores: seven in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market; one in the
Rochester, Minn., market; one in the St. Cloud, Minn., market; four in the
Columbus, Ohio, market; five in the Atlanta market; and two in San Antonio,
Texas.

About RAD

EPA's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program is a voluntary partnership
that began in October 2006 to help protect the ozone layer and reduce
greenhouse gas emissions. Partners recover ozone-depleting chemicals from old
refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioners, and dehumidifiers. In 2011,
RAD partners properly disposed of nearly 900,000 appliances, helping to
prevent emissions of 2.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent and
about 950,000 pounds of ozone-depleting substances. Partners also prevented
the release of hazardous materials, and saved landfill space and energy by
recycling durable materials. The partnership has 49 partners nationwide
including utilities, manufacturers and retailers, as well as state affiliates.
More information on the RAD Program is available at http://www.epa.gov/rad.

About ENERGY STAR®

Launched in 1992 by EPA, ENERGY STAR is a market-based partnership to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. This year marks the 20th
anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program. Over the past 20 years, with the help
of ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved about $230 billion
on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of carbon
pollution. To date, more than 1.3 million new homes and nearly 18,500
buildings across all 50 states have earned EPA's ENERGY STAR certification.
The ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products
with more than 5 billion sold over the last 20 years.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT APPLIANCESMART PLEASE CONTACT: Bradley Bremer,
President - (952) 930-9000

FOR RECYCLING FOOTAGE OR MEDIA INQUIRES PLEASE CONTACT TIFFANY OLSON,
MARKETING AND ADVERTISING MANAGER - (952) 930-1754

[1] In-home collection is available for a fee, see store for details. Texas
locations currently offer free haul-away and recycling only with an appliance
purchase.

SOURCE ApplianceSmart, Inc.
 
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