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Austrian Waste Treatment Obligations Ordinance lays down mandatory minimum CFC recovery levels

Austria published mandatory targets for the recovery of CFCs from end-of-life fridges and freezers.

According to the RAL Quality Assurance Association for the Demanufacture of Refrigeration Equipment Containing CFCs, these specifications represent an ecologically sound and economically justifiable minimum quality standard that can act as a meaningful environmental protection benchmark for the fridge recycling industry. By taking this important step, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management in Vienna is one of the first government ministries within the EU to transpose the European directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). As effective environmental protection cannot be achieved purely on the basis of voluntary agreements within the recycling industry, nor on the basis of regulations and guidelines alone, Austria has become the first European country to stipulate minimum requirements to be met when recycling or processing waste refrigeration equipment. With the publication of its Waste Treatment Obligations Ordinance, Austria has created an instrument that allows a prompt but flexible response to section 1 of article 6 of the WEEE directive, which requires the use of the best available treatment, recovery and recycling techniques. Besides containing specifications on the processing of end-of-life fridges, the Austrian ordinance also contains requirements to be met when treating other waste electrical and electronic equipment. Detailed information about the quality requirements and their compliance can be found in the complete press release at Should you have any questions please contact: RAL Quality Assurance Association ,for the Demanufacture of Refrigeration Equipment Containing CFCs,Zur Keltensiedlung 1, 66693 Orscholz, Germany,Tel.: +49-6865-910540; ,E-mail:; ,Internet: http://www.ral-online.orgThe RAL Quality Assurance Association for the Demanufacture of Refrigeration Equipment Containing CFCs was created to guarantee quality in the fridge recycling process and to ensure compliance with existing environmental standards. The quality of the fridge recycling process is of huge importance because, as we all now know, the chloroflurocarbons (CFCs) present in end-of-life fridges and freezers are the primary cause of stratospheric ozone destruction as well as being significant contributors to the global greenhouse effect.