HVAC, auto, refrigerator repair and RV companies work with refrigerants. Federal regulations are strict about which refrigerants can and cannot be used. Older, outdated refrigerants must be collected using specialized equipment before new and approved refrigerants can be installed. Once collected, the refrigerants must be disposed of at licensed facilities.
An example of an approved and licensed facility is usarefrigerants.com. The company accepts R11, R12, R113, R114 and R500 for destruction. All refrigerants received are documented from arrival to destruction, or as it is mentioned in the industry, “from cradle to grave.”
USA Refrigerants offers a refrigerant buy-back program to help the environment. Once received, the refrigerant is weighed, tested and processed. The customer will receive a check within 30 days of the refrigerant’s arrival. The company will provide the recovery containers and cover the cost of shipping.
Environmental protection is a key concern for the company. Refrigerant recovery is not the only service that they provide. The company will also accept refrigerators, dehumidifiers, freezers, water coolers and wall air conditioning units. They remove, recycle, and destroy the refrigerant then shred the appliance. The scraps will then be sent for recycling, leaving little for the landfill.
The company offers 800 numbers as well as a contact form on their website for those who want to learn more now about refrigerant reclamation and disposal.