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As part of our services we recycle appliances and recover refrigerant.

Recycle  Reduce  ReuseTake it Back!We are also a partner in the City of Ottawa  Take It Back program which ensures that all sorts of household materials are reused, recycled or disposed of properly instead of going to the landfill. 

 

 

Dropped off $20.00
Picked up $40.00


We retain the right to refuse any appliance pick up or drop off for any reason whatsoever, including issues of safety, health, distance, high volume, or availability of recycling personnel or equipment. This program can be changed or cancelled at any time without prior notice.

 


What's all the concern about refrigerant?

The ozone layer surrounding the earth is a protective area residing at the top layers of our atmosphere that protects us from the harmful affects of ultra violet radiation. Scientists have determined that the ozone layer is being affected by many byproducts of society. The one specifically related to the appliance industry is hydrocarbon based refrigerants (primarily Refrigerant 12) formerly used in household refrigerators. Among many harmful affects resulting from thinning of the ozone layer has been an increased incidence of skin cancer.  

After the signing of the Montreal Protocol in 1987 most industrial countries agreed to begin phasing out production of these refrigerants. Appliance manufacturers stopped using them about 1996. Today's household refrigerators are produced using a newer (Refrigerant 134a), safer type of refrigerant . One whose primary advantage is that Its affect upon the ozone layer is close to zero. 

Unfortunately, there are still millions of old refrigerators throughout North America that contain the harmful refrigerant. A refrigerant that's considered to be so detrimental to humans that it is now classified as hazardous waste. Therefore, when disposing of any appliance containing refrigerant it must be removed and handled in a specifically regulated manner. Our company is one that has been trained to dispose of these harmful refrigerants by using special methods and equipment. We remove and transfer the refrigerant so it can be disposed safely, thereby lessening any further harm to our atmosphere. 

How do I dispose of my old refrigerator?

It must be tagged to show that the refrigerant has been removed. Once tagged your municipality, scrap metal dealer, or appliance recycler will be able to pick it up for recycling. 

What does ‘tagging a refrigerator’ mean?

While its actually the attaching of the ODP tag to a refrigeration system it’s also the slang term for the procedure required to remove and dispose of the refrigerant in an old refrigerator. This can only be done by an appliance technician with a valid ODP (Ozone Depletion Prevention) license. 

The technician secures his equipment to the refrigeration system and pumps out any refrigerant liquid or vapour into a storage device. He does it using government standards and practices to ensure the maximum capture of refrigerant. A special tag is then added to the refrigerator showing that the refrigerant has been removed. The tag must include all pertinent information about the removal including the technicians ODP license number.

 

My refrigerator needs refrigerant added to it – can I do this?


Refrigerant can only be added to a refrigeration system if the leak is (a) located, (b) repaired, (c) tested and (d) verified to no longer be leaking. This must be done using recognized methods by a technician with the necessary licenses. Only then can refrigerant be added the system. The refrigerator must have an ODP tag attached to it showing that it was repaired.

 

What appliances must be tagged?


Any appliance or system that contains refrigerant including:  

  • Refrigerator

  • Freezer

  • Air Conditioner

  • Dehumidifier

  • Wine cooler

  • Water cooler

How do I dispose of other types of appliances?


Any appliance not containing refrigerant can be disposed through your normal garbage disposal methods. Unfortunately this means that many of them will end up in the landfill.  

 

Appliances not containing refrigerant include:

  • Range

  • Dishwasher

  • Clothes washer

  • Clothes dryer

  • Humidifier

 

Are there alternatives to sending appliances to a landfill?

  • Contact your municipality. They may offer a recycling program.  

  • Contact a local company that reclaims or rebuilds appliances. Look in the telephone book under the sections titled   Appliances - Major - Repair,   or   Appliances - Used.

  • Contact a local scrap metal recycler.

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Related Sites

The Ozone Hole
Composting Council of Canada 
How to Buy Energy Efficient Appliances