RMC has established a formal process for the collection, transportation, storage and disposal of surplus ozone-depleting refrigerants that has been fashioned after the current reclamation system in the industry. The complete RMC process is outlined in the following six steps:
1. Equipment Owners Require Recovery of ODS Refrigerants
Owners of refrigeration equipment who wish to have surplus ozone-depleting refrigerant recovered and sent for disposal contact their equipment service contractor or a qualified refrigeration and air conditioning service contractor.
The contractor recovers the surplus ozone-depleting refrigerant from the equipment in standard recovery cylinders or drums. These cylinders are either provided by an authorized wholesaler or owned by the contractor or equipment owner. Costs for recovering refrigerants are borne by the equipment owner and are comparable to costs associated with normal service work provided by the contractor. Containers of unused/virgin surplus ozone-depleting refrigerants or refrigerants recovered in the past may be brought into the RMC program for safe destruction at any time.
2. Contractor Transports Refrigerant to an Authorized wholesaler
The contractor transports the container(s) of recovered refrigerant to an RMC authorized wholesaler outlet. The cost of transporting recovered refrigerant to the authorized wholesaler are borne by the equipment owner and are comparable to costs associated with normal service work provided by the contractor.
3. Authorized Wholesaler Receives Refrigerant and Records Information
Once the container of recovered refrigerant has been transported to the authorized wholesaler outlet, the contractor provides information to the authorized wholesaler concerning the contents of the container (type of refrigerant), where the refrigerant originated, and other information pertinent to the program. This information is entered on an RMC tag which is affixed to the container for proper tracking.
4. Collection Service Providers Arrange for Pickup of Containers from Authorized Wholesalers
Containers of refrigerants bound for destruction by the RMC program are collected and stored at the authorized wholesaler's location. When an appropriate volume of containers is reached, the authorized wholesaler contacts an RMC collection service provider, who arranges for the containers to be shipped to their location. The following companies are approved RMC collection service providers:
Please refer to RMC Participants for contact information for these companies.
5. Collection Service Provider Receives, Tests, and Stores Refrigerant
Once the collection service provider receives containers, they are tested and accepted into the RMC program if the refrigerants meet RMC's content and volume specifications.
Containers that do not contain surplus ozone-depleting refrigerants that meet the program specifications will not be accepted into the program, on a no fee basis. In most cases, unacceptable containers will be moved into the reclamation process.
Once containers are accepted into the RMC program, collection service providers bulk refrigerants into 1000-lb. cylinders and test these full storage cylinders for contaminants (e.g. PCBs, oil, and, water). When stored quantities of refrigerant reach a determined level, the bulked refrigerant will be transferred to ISO tanks for shipment to destruction facilities.
6. Collection Service Providers Track and Report on Movement of Refrigerant
Collection service providers track all refrigerant once it is accepted into the program and provide monthly activity reports to RMC on the tracking and movement of refrigerant in the program. Refrigerant quantities are reconciled against the quantities destroyed by the disposal facilities to measure the success of the program. Collection and disposal service providers are subject to quality audits to ensure their operations meet the high environmental standards of RMC.
The RMC program has established strict standards and guidelines for all parts of the process including environmental, technology and financial audits; documentation to accurately track the movement of refrigerant; and minimum standards for disposal technologies. RMC aims to provide a highly visible program open to public scrutiny at every stage.
"The RMC program is important because it makes it very easy to dispose of surplus refrigerants, which prevents the release of these chemicals into the atmosphere. The great support and care that RMC provides helps to increase participation and brings together everyone who is interested in making a difference"
~ Jim Thomas, Refrigerant Services Inc.