The Chemical and Refrigerant Reclaimers Section of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has approved for publication AHRI Guideline Q-2010, Content Recovery & Proper Recycling of Refrigerant Cylinders. This document, which is available for free download , is a guide for content recovery and recycling of cylinders at the end of their useful service life.

This document is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of all good practices or requirements. The guideline applies to all U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) non-refillable and refillable fluorocarbon refrigerant cylinders, as defined in Section 3 of AHRI Guideline Q-2010, having water capacity greater than two pounds used to transport refrigerants sold in the United States.

“Publication of this guideline is another example of our industry’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship,” said AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek. “We're pleased to once again make an important guideline available free of charge for the benefit of reclaimers, recyclers, and technicians.”

AHRI develops and publishes guidelines and performance rating standards for industry products. The guideline is intended for the guidance of the industry, including manufacturers, engineers, installers, contractors and users. Standards establish rating criteria and procedures for measuring and certifying product performance so that products are rated on a uniform basis. AHRI’s guidelines and standards are available for free download from the AHRI website.