The Recovery Trust (RECOVERY) was formed in 1993 to promote and facilitate the collection, storage and disposal of all surplus refrigerant gases that were originally imported for refrigeration and air-conditioning applications and are now being discarded. The objective? To minimise and avoid any release of these ozone-depleting gases into our environment.
Members of RECOVERY come from various industry groups, including food manufacturers, supermarkets, appliance manufacturers and importers, and the motor vehicle industry.
The RECOVERY programme is funded through a wholesale levy that is placed on every kilogram of imported refrigerant and is
paid by participating companies. A service to dispose of unwanted gases is then offered at no charge to industry participants and includes the provision of secure transfer units and storage tanks. Once collected, gases are transported to accredited collection depots in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and then transferred to overseas destruction facilities.
Without the efforts of RECOVERY to encourage industry support and compliance through effective product stewardship, harmful refrigerant gases would continue to be lost into the Earth's atmosphere.