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Request Removal of Refrigerant Gas from a Household Appliance

Refrigerant gases in air conditioners, dehumidifiers, freezers and fridges cause damage to the ozone layer when released into the atmosphere.

The ozone layer surrounding our planet protects us and other life from the harmful effects of the sun.

To reduce this damage, the refrigerants in household appliances need to be collected and reprocessed.  Some of these gases are referred to as CFCs (chloroflourocarbons).


HRM offers FREE refrigerant gas removal service to all properties eligible for municipal curbside collection.

Simply call 311 or visit our online customer service page to arrange for our contracted technicians to remove the CFC's from your appliance.   Please note, it could take up to 10 business days for the contractor to make the scheduled visit, so keep that in mind when planning for disposal. Once the service is complete, they will attach a sticker to the appliance and it can be placed out for curbside collection on your regular garbage collection day.

If you are not eligible for curbside collection service - businesses, apartment buildings with more then 6 units or if you live in a condo, please refer to the Yellow Pages Directory under "Refrigeration" for companies that can remove refridgerant gases.

One tip when moving household appliances that contain refrigerants and compressors is to keep them in the upright, normal operating position while moving them so that any oil in the unit's compressor will not leak or run out.

Heat pumps are not eligible for this program due to their size but may be placed curbside after gases are removed by a refrigeration company.

Appliance Retirement Program

You may be eligible for free in-home pickup and an incentive through Efficiency Nova Scotia to retire your old refrigerator, freezer, or room air conditioner.

The appliance(s) must be manufactured prior to 2001 and be in working order to qualify for the program.

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