Non-refillable containers

Are you importing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCS) in disposable containers?

If so, you need to make other arrangements. The importation of non-refillable containers containing HFCS is prohibited from 1 July 2000.

Signed by the Governor-General on 21 June 2000

The Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956, have been amended with effect from 1 July 2000, prohibiting the importation of non-refillable containers containing HFCs designed for use in the maintenance of refrigerative units (including air-conditioning units).

  • HFCs are potent greenhouse gases and Australia is aiming to minimise emissions from their use as an alternative refrigerant.
  • Non-refillable containers are specifically manufactured single use containers that are charged with refrigerant and sold and used for servicing or commissioning equipment. After use the containers are sent for disposal and deliberately punctured, in accordance with pressure vessel regulations, allowing the residual amount of refrigerant to be emitted to the atmosphere.
  • Disposable, non-refillable containers are also environmentally undesirable on the grounds that their single use operation is a wasteful form of packaging and contributes to the volume of waste going to landfill.

The Australian Government looks forward to continuing to work with industry and the community to protect the atmosphere.

More information

If you would like more information about the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act's licensing system, please contact:

Ozone and Synthetic Gas Team
Phone: +61 2 6274 1373
Fax: +61 2 6274 1610
Email: ozone@environment.gov.au

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