Can Rubbish Removal Companies Perform Degassing of Air Conditioning Units?

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Living in comfort means having an air condition unit at home. It helps to reduce the likelihood of excessive sweating and humidity. However, if air conditioners reach their end, it’s time to dispose them in the landfill or recycling centres. Upon disposing, there is a significant risk that the refrigerant will be discharged into the atmosphere if not recovered and degassing is not done.

Air conditioners equate to over 200 tonnes of refrigerant illegally dumped and potentially discharged into the atmosphere each year. This is one of the reasons why the ozone layer is slowly damaging and earth to heat up more.

The ozone layer protects the earth by absorbing sunlight from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In humans and other living organisms, UV radiation is associated with skin cancer, genetic damage and immune suppression. Not only can the release of gases harm the ozone layer and lead to global warming, but it is illegal as well.

Under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act of 1989, it is important to keep in mind that illegal discharge of air conditioner gases is an offence. Large fines will be issued if such offences are committed.

Potential fines for individuals is up to $63,000 and $315,000 for corporations may be applied once they engage in illegal dumping. With that, rubbish companies are the key to the management of air conditioners as they travel from kerbside rubbish collection to landfill or recycling centres. Here are the reasons why rubbish companies can perform degassing to air condition units. 

Degassing National Regulations

National regulations are applied to people who acquire, possess, dispose of or handle ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) or synthetic greenhouse gases (SGGs) in the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) industry.

Under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995, persons who handle these substances in bulk or equipment, and people who work on equipment containing these gases, are required to hold a Refrigerant Handling Licence.

Companies or persons who acquire, possess or dispose of these substances are required to hold a Refrigerant Trading Authorisation.

Authorised Businesses

One of the criteria to consider when a company or business can perform degassing is according to Restricted Refrigerant Trading Authorisation (RRTA). If a rubbish company attains RRTA, it allows the business to acquire, possess and dispose of refrigerant that is recovered from Refrigeration and Air Conditioning equipment at the end of its useful life. Holders of an RRTA may not purchase, or otherwise acquire, bulk refrigerant, for example, the refrigerant in cylinders.

Authorised Workers

When engaging rubbish removalists to pick up air conditioners from the kerbside locations, the units may be brought directly to metal recyclers or waste transfer stations where they are not degassed. If ever there’s refrigerant discharge in the atmosphere, it can create considerable risk in the ozone layer and to people’s health and safety.

Allow main conditions for refrigerant recovery in the contractor’s tender process. Ensure sure contractors show that they hire people with an appropriate ARC license. Scavengers are also known to scour local areas for illegally picking up refrigeration and air conditioning systems which, among other things, may lead to illegal, unlicensed degassing.

Personnel working in Australia’s refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) industry must have a license provided under the  Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995. Dealing with refrigerants is illegal without the appropriate licence.

The Restricted Refrigerant Recoverer Licence applies to those who handle refrigerant while decommissioning stationary and automotive refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) equipment. It certifies the holder to recover refrigerants from a machine such as automotive air conditioning units, refrigerators and in-window air conditioning units. 

Conclusion

An old and malfunctioned air conditioner unit contains harmful gases that may damage the ozone layer and pollute air more. That is why degassing is needed to prevent possible instances from happening and reduce the damage to the atmosphere. In degassing an air condition, rubbish companies must have licenses that are the basis to perform degassing services.

At Paul’s Rubbish Removal, our expert team are all licensed and qualified to do the degassing services. We don’t want you to stress out trying to find the right company and people to degas your air condition. With our team, you can ensure quick and outstanding performance. There will be no harm done. For more information about degassing air condition units and other white goods removal services, please call us at 0407 125 125.

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