10.8 million lbs. is an increase of 1.3 million lbs.over 2015
September 5, 2017
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 10,804,918 lbs. of ozone-depleting refrigerant was reported as reclaimed by EPA-certified reclaimers in 2016. The total includes 9,409,494 lbs. of R-22.
If and when contractors step up their commitment to reclamation, they will find plenty of places ready to perform the process that brings questionable refrigerant back to ARI-700 purity standards. And contractors will also find plenty of incentives to do so.
What will it take to jump-start more use of reclaimed HCFC-22 to service the huge inventory of equipment running on that refrigerant? The EPA and the dozens of companies offering reclamation services are hoping the most recent announcement of a potential 45 percent reduction in virgin R-22 coming to market.
How ready are contractors to embrace refrigerant reclamation? The answer depends on who you talk to. But some contractors are already plugged into the reclamation option — and hoping their colleagues, who might not be doing so, will soon join them.