Decommissioning and Recycling
The decommissioning and recycling of appliances requires a multi-faceted process that requires special attention paid to worker safety and environmental safety.
Recycling center technicians are trained to identify hazardous components in all makes and models of appliances. Several dangerous substances can be found in old appliances, including PCB fluid in capacitors, mercury-containing components and batteries.
The handling of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC), hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) or hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants is vital to environmental safety. Proper evacuation and management of each of these refrigerant types is mandated by the government. ARCA Canada's decommissioning process includes a proprietary CFC recovery system.
Technicians in the refrigerant evacuation area must successfully complete training in the proper handling of refrigerants that contain ozone-depleting substances.