About R-12 Refrigerant
R-12 was a common refrigerant until its importation and production was halted in 1996 in compliance with the Montreal Protocol. Today, nearly all available R-12 is refrigerant that has been recovered from equipment, reclaimed, and returned to the marketplace. 
Officially introduced as a commercial refrigerant in 1931, this colorless, non-toxic, non-flammable, and non-explosive gas was used in a wide range of commercial and domestic applications. One popular application: air conditioning units in automobiles. R-12 is a highly versatile refrigerant because it does not disintegrate under extreme operating conditions.
The refrigerant belongs to a class of gases known as chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, which are non-toxic, non-flammable, and highly stable. However, CFCs have the potential to deplete the ozone layer in the upper layers of the atmosphere, which can cause the greenhouse effect. Consequently, R-12 is no longer imported into the U.S. or produced in the U.S.
How to Sell Your R-12
As an EPA-certified refrigerant reclaimer, DPC buys R-12 directly and offers competitive pricing, as well as free shipping. The process is simple: contact us, and we’ll schedule a pickup of your recovered gas. Need someone to recover it from equipment? No problem, we can arrange that too. We also provide large collection cylinders to certified technicians.
How we Buy R-12
DPC offers competitive pricing and free shipping on R-12 and other hard-to-find gases. Volume discounts are also available.
Refrigerant Reclamation
How is used R-12 prepared for resale? The reclamation process is extensive and not the same as recycling, which simply removes contaminants. When refrigerant is reclaimed, chemical processes strip the refrigerant of impurities; filtering, drying, and distillation procedures are also employed. Reclamation is complete when the refrigerant meets or exceeds ARI-700 purity standards; these are the same standards required of virgin refrigerants.
Recycled refrigerants are not eligible for sale. In fact, recycled gases should only be used on the equipment from which they were recovered. It’s important to understand the difference to ensure safety and performance is never compromised.

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