Supplier A-Gas is urging customers to start returning their R22 cylinders to avoid shortages of cylinders next year.
MD Ken Logan said: “Many are still holding onto cylinders containing virgin HCFCs instead of returning them to be processed and with the demand for recycled material increasing, suppliers need to have adequate supplies of cylinders.”
A-Gas is contacting all customers and encouraging them to return R22 cylinders, as after the December 31 deadline, use of the virgin gas will be illegal, and any cylinders returned next year will incur a destruction charge if the refrigerant has not been used up.
From March 31 next year, a lost cylinder charge will also be enforced for cylinders that have not been returned.
The firm warned it has a very efficient tracking system that can locate cylinders.