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EnerGuide Room Air Conditioner Directory 2011

How to Dispose of a Used Air Conditioner

Room air conditioners contain chemicals that can contaminate a landfill and lead to serious environmental and public health problems.

Appliance-recycling programs are available in many Canadian communities. Consult your Yellow PagesTM or call your municipality to find out what local programs exist and how appliances are collected. A municipal hazardous-waste depot can properly dispose of your room air conditioner.

All refrigerants need to be recovered by qualified service personnel and reclaimed by specially trained technicians for recycling. In addition to the CFCs in refrigerants, some older units also contain mercury.

Never send an old air conditioner to a landfill site.

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