Under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act, EPA has developed regulations
to reduce the emissions of "environmentally harmful" refrigerants
into the environment during the servicing and disposal of air conditioning
and refrigeration equipment to the "lowest achievable level".
This site contains information to help one understand and comply
with these regulations as they relate to the servicing and disposal
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ATTENTION NEW YORK CITY
Before discarding any refrigerator, air conditioner,
freezer or other appliances which contain refrigerant, you must
call the NYC Department
an appointment to have the refrigerant removed.
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Since 1993, EPA has required
service practices to be used during the maintenance and
repair of small appliances that maximize the recycling of
for Small Appliances
Two checklist have been developed
to assist those involved in servicing
and disposing of small appliances
determine their federal regulatory compliance status. If one
voluntarily discloses any violations found through the use
of these checklists to us, EPA may eliminate or substantially
reduce the penalties associated with these violations under
In 1994, EPA established the
Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program to review
alternatives to ozone-depleting substances like CFC-12 in
regards to their ozone-depleting, global warming, flammability
and toxicity characteristics. Under this program, EPA has
determined that several refrigerants are acceptable for use
replacements in small appliances.