Introducing New CFC Containers

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Sullivan’s Is Now Accepting Materials Containing CFCs (Freon, refrigerants, etc.)!

Sullivan’s Scrap Metals is now accepting materials that contain CFCs such as refrigerators, A/C units, and any other refrigerant-containing materials. We will have a dedicated roll-off container specially designed for this material. Just drop it off to us and we’ll take care of it for you! We’re the only scrapyard that offers this invaluable service!

The EPA

Handling refrigerants is tricky because the EPA has “set certification requirements for refrigerant recycling and recovery equipment, technicians, and refrigerant reclaimers.” Basically, you can only legally pull Freon out of scrap appliances if you are EPA certified and have the right equipment. The EPA law also forbids cutting any lines that might possibly have had refrigerants, even if you’re certain that the refrigerants have already leaked out or is only full of air.

Common items that may contain Freon & CFCs:

  • Refrigerators
  • A/C units
  • Cars
  • Heat pumps
  • Dehumidifiers

 What are CFCs?

You may have heard about CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) in association with the atmosphere and how they are aiding in ozone depletion. This compound, along with many others, has been phased out under the Montreal Protocol (an international treaty dedicated to stopping the production of ozone depleting substances) to be replaced with safer products like HFCs, hydrocarbons, and CO2.

These CFCs have been used mostly for refrigerants, propellants, and solvents, most commonly R-12. Common replacement compounds are R-134a, R-744 (CO2), R-600A (isobutane), and DME, which are safer and more environmentally friendly.


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