Genoa de Bruin presented at this years MARR Forum in Winnipeg, November 8. She highlighted the importance of properly disposing of white goods, including the recapture/recovery of the refrigerant gases and other elements, such as mercury, oils and possible other contaminants. White goods such as fridges, freezers, dehumidifiers and water coolers have as much impact driving 17,000 kms in one year and can reduce our carbon footprint by up to 3 tonnes each!
Genoa also shared that options exist for municipalities to properly manage their white goods.
They may contract with a recognized company to dispose of their white goods, train staff to do it on-site or a combination of the two.
The key being that it is mandatory to recover the refrigerant before any unit is crushed or discard to a scrap dealer for dismantling or shredding.