Refrigerant recovery scheme

The Trust for the Destruction of Synthetic Refrigerants, also known as RECOVERY, collects and responsibly disposes of refrigerants that have been used in the refrigeration and air conditioning industries.

About the scheme

The refrigerant recovery scheme supports the international protocols established to protect the environment from the release of synthetic refrigerants.

Under signed agreements with refrigerant wholesalers, a levy is received on the sale of ozone depleting synthetic greenhouse gases and refrigerants.

Refrigerant destruction is currently through the specialised facilities of Dascem/Coffey Environments in Australia.

Accredited: 23 September 2010 for 7 years.


   Scheme scope

Scheme manager

Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

New Zealand-wide collection.


Collection and destruction of unwanted synthetic refrigerants, CFCs, HCFCs, and HFCs.


Out of scope – natural refrigerants such as ammonia.

The Trust for the Destruction of Synthetic Refrigerants (RECOVERY).

The scheme’s progress

Since accreditation, the scheme has collected and destroyed 81,300 kg of refrigerant for destruction (up to March 2013). This represents a saving of 85,000 tonnes of ozone and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 89,000 tonnes of CO equivalent.


This bar graphs shows an analysis of refrigerant (hydroflurocarbons, hydrochloflurocarbons and chlorofluorocarbons) destroyed by year between 1999 to 2013. The graph shows that between 2010 and 2012 the total amount of refrigerant destroyed exceeds 100,000 kgs.

Find out more

Information on our website about New Zealand’s obligations to protect the ozone under the Montreal Protocol.

Information on our website about the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.

More information about the refrigerant recovery programme [RECOVERY trust’s website].