In the context of its
Plan de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre (Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Plan), the City of Laval is offering a free cooling appliance collection service in order to optimally collect and dispose of chlorofluorocarbons/halocarbons (CFCs and Freon) contained in insulation foaming and cooling liquids and to recycle or repurpose various parts.
- Electric coolers
- Air conditioners
- Heat pumps
How to proceed?
311 to leave your coordinates and the type of cooling appliance to be picked up. The Environment Service person in charge of the programme will contact you to confirm the date of the next pickup.
- Leave the appliance
at the edge of the building (not at the curb) no later than the eve of the pickup date or before 7 am the day of the pickup so that
PureSphera, company specialising in this field can come to pick it up.
Halocarbon effets on the environment
The release of halocarbons into the atmosphere contributes to two pressing issues: the depletion of the ozone layer and climate change. If they are not disposed of by a company with expertise in this field, halocarbons used in end-of-life refrigeration appliances aggravate this issue.
Cooling agents used in such equipment represent a risk 5000 times more serious than CO2 in terms of global warming potential.
For example: the processing of 500 refrigeration appliances via this collection is equivalent to sparing the release of 1000 tonnes of halocarbons into the atmosphere, which is also equivalent to taking 300 cars off the road for a year!
Cooling appliances cannot be picked up during regular household waste collection. Leaving these appliances at the curb to be salvage by scrap collectors is not an effective processing solution.
It should be noted that the provincial
Regulation respecting halocarbons specifies that "Every person or municipality that, in connection with a residual materials collection service, picks up a refrigeration or air conditioning unit must, before disposing of the unit for elimination, recover or have the halocarbon contained in the cooling system of the unit recovered using the appropriate equipment and have it confined within a container designed for that purpose."
The City of Laval goes even farther by ensuring that insulation foaming, which also contains halocarbons is also processed adequately.