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Disposal of Air Conditioners & Refrigerators

In May 1993, under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established regulations that:
  • Require service practices that maximize recycling of ozone-depleting Freon compounds during the servicing and disposal of air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment.
  • Set certification requirements for recycling and recovery equipment, technicians and reclaimers.
  • Restrict the sale of refrigerant to certified technicians.
  • Require persons servicing or disposing of air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment to certify to EPA that they have acquired recycling or recovery equipment and are complying with the requirements of the rule.
  • Require the repair of substantial leaks in air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment with a charge of greater than 50 pounds.
  • Establish safe disposal requirements to ensure removal of refrigerants from goods that enter the waste stream with the charge intact (e.g. motor vehicle air conditioners, home refrigerators, and room air conditioners).
A fact sheet from EPA summarizing the final rule and its specifications is available by contacting the EPA directly at 800-296-1996 (EPA Hotline).