Appliance Recycling Centers of America (ARCA) Contract with Southern California Edison Extended Through March 2015

     Appliance Recycling Centers of America (ARCA) Contract with Southern
                California Edison Extended Through March 2015

PR Newswire

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 22, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Appliance Recycling Centers of
America, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARCI) today announced that Southern California Edison
(SCE) has selected the Company to continue to provide appliance recycling
services for the utility's Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program through
March 2015. ARCA has provided recycling services for SCE's program since 1994.

Through the program, participating SCE residential electric customers who turn
in operating but energy inefficient refrigerators and freezers are eligible
for a $35.00 rebate for each qualifying appliance. Customers may turn in two
qualifying appliances per year. Older refrigerators and freezers can use twice
as much electricity as newer models, costing SCE customers up to $180 extra on
their energy bills every year.[1]

Edward R. (Jack) Cameron, ARCA's President and Chief Executive Officer, said:
"Through SCE's Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program, more than one
million energy inefficient refrigerators and freezers have been removed
permanently from the grid since 1994. We have been proud to support SCE's
long-term efforts to reduce energy consumption while preventing the release of
ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases, and we look forward to
continuing to serve SCE and its customers."

To participate in the program please call 1-800-234-9722 or visit

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. 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. 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.
Nineteen 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.

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.


SOURCE Appliance Recycling Centers of America

Contact: Edward R. (Jack) Cameron, CEO or Rachel Holmes, Vice President,
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