Freon is the trade name of a group of chemicals that act as a refrigerant when cooled. The chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that makeup freon were found to cause ozone depletion and so were banned or restricted worldwide in 1987 by the Montreal Protocol. When handled correctly, freon can be cleaned and prepared for reuse. This keeps tons of toxic chemicals from escaping into the atmosphere where the damage can harm the protective layer of ozone, which absorbs harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun.
Freon, chlorine, mercury, beryllium, chromium, fluorine, cadmium, lead, CFCs, and polychlorinated biphenyls are all hazardous chemicals that can be safely reclaimed or disposed of when recycling retired appliances.
BARC is now working with Michigan Energy Options to recycle all-refrigerators for 4 power suppliers in Northern Michigan. From Newaygo to the Tip of the Mitt, all along western lower Michigan, BARC provides the safe reclamation and recycling of freon.