Rules on recovering fluorinated gas (F gas) from equipment and what you must do to get it reclaimed or recycled.
You must recover F gas from:
- commercial or industrial refrigeration systems
- refrigeration systems in trucks, trailers, ships and other vehicles
- stationary air conditioning (fitted to buildings and can’t be moved)
- portable or mobile air conditioning systems
- stationary heat pump systems (fitted to buildings and can’t be moved)
- stationary fire protection systems (for example, automatic fire response systems in large buildings)
- high voltage switchgear
You must recover F gas from other equipment if:
- it’s technically feasible
- the cost of doing so is proportionate – that is, the cost is worth it for the benefit to the environment
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
You may need to send the whole unit to a licensed waste facility
It is against the law to let F gas get into the atmosphere on purpose where it is not technically necessary. If you do, you could be prosecuted or get a civil penalty. See the Environment Agency enforcement sanctions policy
If you see someone release F gas in to the atmosphere on purpose, report it to email@example.com.
Recovering F gas from aerosols
It’s not cost effective to recover F gas from individual aerosols like spray paints or deodorants.
If you collect or use large quantities, you should send them to a licensed waste facility so they can recover the F gas.
Get your F gas reclaimed or recycled
Recovered F gas must be reclaimed, recycled or destroyed, where technically or economically feasible. Send it to a specialist reprocessing plant.
This applies to both:
- F gas that can be removed from equipment and transported separately
- F gas incorporated into the equipment, for example in foam
The rules apply to all:
- hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in foam insulation
- HFCs used in fire protection systems
- sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) from high voltage switchgear
- propellants from aerosols
Reclaimed F gas is reprocessed to the standard of virgin (unused) F gas. You do not need a quota to use reclaimed HFCs from within the UK until 2030.
If you‘re sending the F gas to a specialist reprocessing plant to be destroyed, you must use a registered waste carrier.
Using recycled F gas
Recycled gas with a global warming potential of more than 2,500 can only be used in equipment owned or operated by the:
- company that owned the refrigeration system from which the F gas was recovered
- company that carried out the recovery
Find the global warming potential of an F gas