Safe Recovery and Disposal of Synthetic Refrigerants In Domestic Fridges and Freezers
If you’re replacing an old refrigerator or freezer, it’s important to properly dispose of the old unit to prevent harm to the environment and comply with regulations. Our experienced team are now offering refrigerant recovery services Auckland wide. If you drop off your old refrigerator or freezer to us we will safely degas and dispose of the item for $30. Each month our licensed team collects hazardous and high potential global warming refrigerants in approved cylinders that are sent off for destruction through the cool safe recovery program . We also are expanding the service to cover the domestic appliance industry and have teamed up with one of the largest retail chains as well as Auckland council to de gas and decommission of all their old fridges that get returned as part of the sales process of new units . Don’t simply cut the pipes and release the gas, do the right thing and bring them to us for proper disposal.
The first step in disposing of an old refrigerator or freezer is to find a qualified and licensed technician like us here at Appliance Recycling who can properly de-gas with the use of portable refrigerant recovery machines and equipment. Attempting to de-gas an old unit yourself can be dangerous, is not recommended and is now illegal in NZ.
Why De Gas Old Refrigerators ?
The refrigerants used in older models are often chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), or hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent greenhouse gases that can contribute to climate change. In addition, the foam insulation in older models may also contain chemicals that deplete the ozone layer. Therefore, it’s crucial to de-gas and dispose of these appliances safely.
Proper disposal of old refrigerators and freezers is essential to ensure their safe and environmentally friendly handling. The degassing process is a critical step in the disposal of these appliances, as it involves removing the refrigerant, a harmful greenhouse gas, from the system.
When old fridges and freezers are dumped or sent to scrap metal companies without degassing, they pose a significant risk to the environment. The refrigerant contained in these appliances can leak into the atmosphere, contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer and exacerbating climate change.
Therefore, it is imperative to follow proper disposal protocols and ensure that the refrigerant is safely removed by our qualified technicians before the appliance is discarded. Furthermore, many countries and regions have laws and regulations in place to ensure the safe disposal of refrigeration equipment. These laws often require proper handling and disposal of the refrigerant, as well as the recycling or responsible disposal of other components and materials in the appliance.
By adhering to these laws and following responsible disposal practices, we can help protect the environment and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.