During these unprecedented times, we take our role as an essential service provider seriously and we remain open to service our customers. We understand that everyone is very concerned with the potential spread of the Coronavirus. We’re following the guidelines put in place by the federal government, local governments and the CDC.
Below are some of the safety precautions we’ve implemented to protect our team and our clients:
Did you know that you can’t just throw out a refrigerator or air conditioner, or anything with a refrigeration coil? They contain a biohazard – namely Freon – that needs to properly disposed of.
The use of Freon has been strictly regulated ever since the signing of The 1987 Montreal Protocol, an international agreement regarding the destruction of our planet’s ozone layer, and mandates are set forth in the Clean Air Act of 1990. Under the Act, “no one may accept an item containing CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) and/or HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) unless the Freon contained within is properly removed and the owner/hauler/appliance company can show proof of proper removal.” It is also unlawful for any person to knowingly release or vent CFCs or HCFCs into the air.
Therefore, 123JUNK must dispose of your refrigerant and refrigerator in accordance with procedures required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help prevent the release of Freon into our atmosphere.
Qualified and trained technicians are required to remove Freon from your old appliance, who must sign and provide a form after they do so. To comply with EPA regulations, this form must be handed to the dump employee before he or she is able to accept the refrigerator or air conditioner.
For the scientific explanation, Freon contains chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons that break down when they migrate to the upper atmosphere, releasing free chlorine atoms. This chlorine reacts with the ozone, creating molecular oxygen that can damage the Earth’s ozone layer. This is important because the ozone layer filters out harmful ultraviolet sunlight. Heard of global warming?
You don’t need to worry about Freon, because that’s our job at 123JUNK. We are up to date on all regulations, and have the contacts and procedures already in place. All you need to do is pick up the phone and give us a call. Our professional, uniformed staff will remove and dispose of your refrigerator or air conditioner promptly and properly.
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