RMC History

1998

January — A revised National Action Plan for the Environmental Control of Ozone-Depleting Substances and their Halocarbon Alternatives is published by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) that contains the intent to have the federal and provincial governments adopt regulations to eliminate the use of CFC refrigerants in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.

October — Environment Canada approaches the Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) on behalf of Federal Provincial Working Group on Halocarbons (FPWG) with a request to examine the feasibility of an industry-led extended producer responsibility program (EPR) to take back surplus CFC refrigerant stocks and have these stocks disposed of in an environmentally acceptable manner.

1999

April to November — A preliminary approach for the program and a name — Refrigerant Management Canada — are agreed upon. It will be funded via an environmental levy on the sale of HCFC refrigerants. Environmental levy established at $1.00/kg.

2000

March to April — The HRAI Board and Environment Canada agree to work towards launching the RMC program in January of 2001.

September to November — RMC is formed as a legal not-for-profit entity.

December — The HRAI Board of Directors approve the RMC articles of incorporation and bylaws, and RMC is incorporated on December 22nd, 2000.

2001

January — Environment Canada and Friends of the Earth Canada support HRAI in launching a comprehensive public relations & communications plan for the RMC Program.

March — First meeting of the RMC Board of Directors takes place.

July to December — Reporting guidelines, audit procedures, and operational guidelines for Collection Service & Disposal Service Providers are developed, approved and communicated to stakeholders and program participants.

September — RMC Board of Directors accepts 3 companies as the first Collection Service Providers for the program.

2002

January — RMC begins collection of surplus CFC Refrigerants.

March — The first Disposal Service Provider is approved by the RMC Board of Directors.

December — First shipment of surplus refrigerant waste is shipped for disposal.

2003

January — RMC receives Certification of Approval from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to operate as a waste management system.

April — Environmental audit protocols for the Collection Service Providers are established.

June — RMC commissions study to determine CFC inventories.

September — RMC leases ISO tanks to handle and ship surplus refrigerant waste inventory.

2004

January — RMC begins accepting HCFC's for disposal. These refrigerants represent approximately 30% of overall program volumes.

January — RMC signs contract with a U.S. Disposal Service Provider

May — RMC ships first ISO to the United States for destruction.

2005

May — RMC launches a new awareness campaign to help promote the program.

June — RMC develops a new logo and tagline — the industry solution for refrigerant waste disposal — as part of the ongoing evolution of its corporate identity.

July — RMC reaches the benchmark of having collected and processed over 500,000kg of refrigerant waste since its inception.

July — RMC receives EcoLogo accreditation.

December — Environmental levy increases to $1.50/kg.

2006

April — In the spirit of transparency, RMC extends the audit requirements to all program participants.

July — An online wholesaler training program is developed, with Authorized Wholesalers being able to use the EcoLogo™ after a successful completion of the modules.

2007

April — RMC conducts first environmental audit of U.S. Disposal Service Provider.

June — The evolution of RMC's corporate identity continues with the development of wholesaler welcome and information packages, establishment of participation criteria and review of all operating manuals and guidelines.

September — RMC reaches the benchmark of having collected and destroyed over 1 million kilograms of environmentally damaging refrigerant waste since its inception — earning it the 2007 Best-of-the-Best Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).

2008

February — RMC submits a plain language proposal to Environment Canada on the need for stewardship for HFC refrigerants.

April — RMC explores the feasibility of obtaining offset credits for surplus refrigerant destroyed.

May — Redevelopment of the RMC website begins.

June — Following best practices, RMC begins the development of an emergency management plan.

2009

May — Environment Canada issues Notice of Intent concerning HFC refrigerants and stewardship.

July — RMC launches marketing and advertising campaign.