Frequently Asked Questions
- Why is Environment and Climate Change Canada supporting RMC?
RMC is a key element of the CCME CFC/Halon Disposal Strategy which Environment and Climate Change Canada has been working on with the provinces and territories. Canada has been an international leader in protecting the ozone layer and the RMC EPR program will help further Canada’s commitments under the Montreal Protocol.
Environment and Climate Change Canada supports Extended Producer Responsibility as a policy option which is capable of achieving pollution prevention; toxics use reduction, waste minimization and the increase of the efficiency of resource use throughout the life cycle of products. The RMC initiative is a demonstration of that responsibility being taken by industry and shows a clear commitment to ridding the world of Halocarbon substances. The refrigeration industry’s leadership in this regard serves as a model for other industry sectors and other substances and wastes.
- How do I locate an HVACR Wholesaler?
Click here to be directed to the Wholesaler database page. You will be able to search by city, province and by company name. Alternatively, you can call RMC at 1-800-267-2231 ext 245.
- How do I locate a qualified refrigeration contractor?
You can locate a qualified HRAI member contractor using our online Contractor Locator
- Does RMC accept refrigerants from appliances or cars?
Yes, RMC accepts refrigerants from the appliance and automotive industries on a User Fee basis, but Refrigerants from the automotive industry must not contain any HFOs due to their flammability. If upon receipt at our Collection Service Providers any HFO material is detected once tested, the cylinder will be returned to the owner at their expense. Please contact RMC at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 245 for further details.
Currently, the program only accepts refrigerant from the commercial stationary refrigeration and air conditioning industry and domestic window air conditioners on a no fee basis, with the exception of CFC-11. Please note that there is a user fee to dispose of CFC -11 or R-11 refrigerants. Please contact 1-800-267-2231 ext. 245 for further details.
- How do I get rid my surplus HVACR refrigerant?
Contact your local HVACR wholesaler or an approved RMC Colletion Service Provider. Click here to be directed to the Wholesaler database page. You will be able to search by city, province and by company name. Alternatively, you can call RMC at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 245.
- Can I get rid of all refrigerants regardless of the source?
Yes, if your surplus refrigerant is from the commercial stationary refrigeration and air conditioning industry, it will be accepted into the program on a no fee basis.
Refrigerant from the appliance (e.g. refrigerators, freezers) or the automotive industry will be accepted into the program on a User Fee basis. Refrigerants from the automotive industry must not contain any HFOs due to their flammability. Please contact RMC at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 245 for further details.
- Will RMC accept hydrocarbon refrigerants or ammonias, HFOs, methyl chloride and sulphur dioxide?
No, these products will not be accepted into the RMC program. The common name for Hydrocarbon is Butane, and due to the flammability of these refrigerants, they are not accepted.
If these substances are found in the cylinder, that cylinder will be returned to the owner. Shipping and handling will apply.
- Does the cylinder need to be full to be accepted in the program?
The cylinder should be at least 40% full to be accepted in the program.
- Can large shipments of surplus refrigerants be transported directly from a site to a Collection Service Provider?
Yes, arrangements can be made with your participating wholesaler or with the Collection Service Provider.
- Who are the approved RMC Collection Service Providers?
The RMC Collection Service Providers (CSPs) are:
3575 Mavis Road,
Mississauga, Ontario L5C 1T7
Phone: (905) 281-4643
Direct line: (905) 279-5123 | (888) 873-2524
Fax: (905) 279-9277
- As a contractor, what will it cost me to dispose of my unwanted ozone-depleting refrigerant?
The only cost that may be incurred is the transportation of the cylinder to your wholesaler location, and should be transported by a carrier holding a TDG Certificate (Transportation of Dangerous Goods). However, if the refrigerant is CFC-11 or R-11, there is a user fee to dispose of it. Please contact 1-800-267-2231 ext. 245 for further details.
- Wholesalers may or may not have a cylinder handling fee which is NOT covered by the program; check with your wholesaler for details.
- Refrigerant that does not qualify for the program will be accepted on a fee basis. Fees to dispose of refrigerant that does not meet RMC criteria will be the responsibility of the contractor or end-user.
- What costs are covered by the RMC Program?
The following costs are covered by the program:
Shipping costs from the wholesaler to the RMC Collection Service Provider. This includes the return of empty cylinders to the wholesaler; Analysis, consolidation and storage of the refrigerant by the Collection Service Provider; Shipping costs from the Collection Service Provider to the destruction facility; and Destruction costs.
- What can Industry do to help?
Here is how you can do your part to ensure the success of this program:
Make sure your refrigerant supplier/service contractor participates in
the RMC program. Communicate the benefits of the program to your customers and the
Your support for RMC helps make this a vital program a continued success and solidifies the leadership and commitment shown by the Canadian refrigeration and air conditioning industry to the future of Canada.
- Participate in the RMC collection/disposal process.
- Will the wholesaler provide me with recovery cylinders?
Yes, participating wholesalers will provide various sizes of recovery cylinders, usually on a deposit basis.