As part of our services we recycle appliances and
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.
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
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
incidence of skin cancer.
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
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
appliances must be tagged?
Any appliance or system that contains refrigerant including:
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.
not containing refrigerant include:
there alternatives to sending appliances to a landfill?
a local scrap metal recycler.