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Freon Elimination 

Saturday, October 10, 2020, the Berkeley Rotary Climate Action Team had a successful mini-buyback of CHCs in our participation with the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) to rid our planet of the potent greenhouse gas.

Chlorofluorohydrocarbons (CHCs) were used in refrigerant applications until banned by international treaty some 20 years ago; significant amounts are still stored in warehouses, car repair shops and backyard sheds.


Tradewater, based in Chicago, is funded by the purchase of carbon offsets to buy the refrigerants, most of which go under the tradename Freon.


Tradewater buys and sustainably disposes of CHCs. ESRAG and Rotary Clubs have been enlisted to help with the buying of the Freon canisters and cylinders due to Tradewater's staffing restrictions during the COVID pandemic.



In Saturday's mini-session, BRCAT members bought 41 pounds of Freon, for $700, a small amount that let us test our reporting and money systems, and logistics.


We are set up on card tables at a property owned by Berkeley Rotarians Steve and Josh Oliver.


BRCAT members Ignacio Franco, Tina Etcheverry, John Pardee and Ed Church participated.


We look forward to more sales and CHC removal soon.


More to come!

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