Solgas Australia operates a comprehensive refrigerant management facility that includes wasterefrigerant collection, bulk storage, refrigerant analysis and specialised distillation equipment forreclaiming waste refrigerants to new product standards.Refrigeration and airconditioning contractors are required by law to recover used refrigerants. SolgasAustralia works with contractors to assist them to meet their legal obligations. In the Sydney, Newcastleand Wollongong regions, contractors can call for asssistance with recovery cylinders, prompt cylinderpickup and receive prompt payment of $3/kg for recovered refrigerant.Solgas Australia is a participating company in the refrigerant management scheme operated byRefrigerant Reclaim Australia (RRA). Waste mixed refrigerant collected from contractors is accumulatedand despatched to RRA for environmentally responsible disposal.Special R22 Program for ContractorsContractors who return clean R22 become eligible to purchase reclaimed R22 at a discount on thenew R22 price.With a large installed base of equipment operating on R22, there will be a continuing demand for R22for years to come, so participation in the program can make very good sense.About RefrigerantsChlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), once the mainstay of the refrigeration and airconditioning industries,have now been replaced by more environmentally acceptable products. However, further changes arehappening as the world moves towards products with even lower environmental impact. The interimhydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) products are now being replaced with hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)and even these are to be replaced with new products such as the hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs).Two decades ago, the major concern was in regard to the depletion of the ozone layer. With many zeroODP (ozone depleting potential) products well established, the attention has turned to global warmingpotential (GWP). The refrigerants of the future will have zero ODP and low GWP.Refrigerants only damage the environment when they are released to the atmosphere.It makes very good sense to recover, reclaim and reuse existing refrigerants whereverpossible.