ARLINGTON, Va. — The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has published updates to AHRI Guideline Q, Content Recovery and Proper Recycling of Refrigerant Cylinders, which now includes best practices for end-of-life recycling of flammable refrigerant containers.

“This guideline and the new additions are a critical part of the industry’s plan for the future of refrigerants,” said Stephen Yurek, AHRI president and CEO. “As flammable refrigerants are being introduced as low-global warming potential alternatives to refrigerants currently in use, it is critical that industry not only handle these refrigerants safely, but also recycle the containers properly.”

Recommended practices for recycling containers for flammable refrigerants are different from those for non-flammable refrigerants, in that it involves using a non-sparking pick to prepare the container for recycling. As with all AHRI standards and guidelines, Guideline Q is free to download from AHRI’s website.

Publication date: 7/14/2016

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