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SRP marks 50,000 appliances recycled

Phoenix resident Brian Wharton is awarded a gift basket for owning the 50,000th appliance recycled by Salt River Project. (KTAR Photo/Sandra Haros)

PHOENIX -- Salt River Project reached a milestone Tuesday thanks to Phoenix resident Brian Wharton.

His old, inefficient refrigerator marked the 50,000th appliance to be picked up for recycling by the utility company.

"That's an awful lot of refrigerators, a sea of refrigerators," said Wharton. "[I'm] happy to be anywhere in the lineup, but 50,000th is a good milestone for the recycling program."

During the pick-up, SRP workers surprised Wharton with balloons and a gift basket, which included energy-efficient light bulbs and other items.

According to SRP, since its inception the program has saved enough energy to power more than 10,000 homes for a year, a regional shopping mall for five years or a professional sports complex for 10 years.

The utility has been recycling an average of 850 appliances per month since it began.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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