Facts &


In the 23 years since its inception, RECOVERY has safely collected and destroyed about 385,000 kilograms of refrigerant gases through to March 2017. This has had the impact of saving up to 455,000 tonnes of ozone and reducing the build-up of greenhouse gases by up to 450,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

Substances now phased out

(Permits to import cannot
be issued)

Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Halons, Carbon Tetrachloride, Methyl Chloroform and Hydrobromofluorocarbons (HBFCs)

Substances Being Phased Out

(Permits to import cannot
be issued after 2015

Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), Methyl Bromide

(excluding quarantine and preshipment uses)

Prohibited products

(i.e. Using or containing ozone-deleting substances)

- Aerosols_Fire extinguishers_Plastic foam (if manufactured using CFCs)

- Drycleaning machines
(if any prohibited substance is used as a solvent)

- Imports from non-complying countries (that contain any controlled substances other than HCFCs or methyl bromide)

The following stand-alone products: (if containing CFCs)

- Dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, supermarket display cases, heat pumps and water coolers


Phase out schedule

Stage 1 Base Year Allocation

Permit allocation based on previous use

Stage 2 1996

Reduction to 75% of base for HCFC and CFC-converted permits

Stage 3 2000

Reduction to 50% base on
all permits

Stage 4 2006

Complete removal of CFC-converted permits HCFC permits to 40% of base

Stage 5 2010

Reduction to 25% of base
for HCFC permits

Stage 6 2015

Complete phase-out of HCFC permits

Analysis of Refrigerant destroyed by year

Analysis of Refrigerant destroyed to 31 March

Year ended 31 March

Analysis of Refrigerant destroyed by year

2016 Report of the

Corporate Trustee

Year ended 31 March

©2016 Refrigerant Recovery NZ Limited