Refrigerant recovery scheme

This page has information on the Trust for the Destruction of Synthetic Refrigerants, an accredited product stewardship scheme.

About the scheme

Accredited: 23 September 2010 for 7 years

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. It supports international protocols established to protect the environment from the release of synthetic refrigerants.

The 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. They are then transferred to the specialised facilities of Dascem and Coffey consultancies in Australia.


   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

In 2015/16, the scheme was responsible for the collection and destruction of around 31,000 kilograms of refrigerants, a 2 per cent increase over the previous year. This equated to a savings of up to 10,200 tonnes of ozone and 74,700 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

Find out more

See the Montreal Protocol web page for information about New Zealand’s obligations to protect the ozone.

More information about the refrigerant recovery programme [RECOVERY Trust website].