The United States EPA, in partnership with manufacturers, utilities, retailers and state affiliates, have reduced energy consumption, increased the recycling of durable goods, and ensured the proper handling of hazardous substances through the Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program.
The recovery of CFC, HCFC, and HFC refrigerants and foam-blowing agents from household appliances results in significant climate benefits, as these substances are all potent GHGs. In addition, the recycling of durable materials from appliances results in lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) associated with the generation of electricity, which would have otherwise been needed to produce virgin materials. The total GHG emissions avoided through refrigerant recovery, foam recovery, and durable goods recycling by RAD partners in 2007-2011 are shown below.
GHG Emissions Avoided through Proper Appliance Disposal by RAD Partners, 2007-2011
For a look at ozone benefits, energy savings, and other environmental benefits related to this program visit: http://www2.epa.gov/rad/environmental-benefits