News from PureSphera and the industry

June 11, 2018

Manitoba’s organizations reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Rural Municipality of Elton, City of Brandon, Bristal Hauling and Mother Earth Recycling got their FreezPonsible certification for recycling optimally refrigeration and cooling appliances. Gases contained in cooling appliances are known GHG that substantially increase global warming.  In addition, CFC and HCFCs (Freon) are depleting the ozone layer. Just on improperly recycled refrigerator generates as much pollution as a car driven 17,000 km in one year!  The company PureSphera, located in Winnipeg, has developed unique solutions to solve this problem. When they reach the end of their useful life cycle, these cooling appliances become waste material. Most of the time, […]
May 25, 2018

Poor recycling techniques in China are the culprit for the CFC-11 emissions increase

May 25, 2018 Only a week ago, a report was issued that a banned chemical, chlorofluorocarbon (CFC-11), that destroys the ozone layer was being released from somewhere in Asia. Now, an international team of researchers claims to have discovered the source of the CFC-11 emissions. The results have been published in Environmental Science & Technology. The substance in question is a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) called CFC-11, and it was once used in refrigerators. But in 2006, the production of CFC-11 was banned under the Montreal Protocol, which regulates chemicals that damage the ozone layer. However, on May 16th, Stephen Montzka of the U.S. National […]
March 30, 2018

University of Manitoba visits PureSphera

On March 19th, PureSphera organized a visit of its recycling plant in Winnipeg for students from the University of Manitoba along with Manitoba Environmental Industries Association .  The comments from the students were all positive, and they learned something important about recycling in the community. 
February 26, 2018

Short video about our recycling process at Bécancour

Watch our technology and our team at work to recycle the cooling appliances and reduce GHG, 40-second video.
February 12, 2018

FreezPonsible certifications for RM of Rockwood and RM of Victoria

Rural Municipality of Victoria and Rural Municipality of Rockwood are joining the FreezponsibleTM recovery program to ensure that end-of-life refrigeration and cooling appliances collected in their jurisdiction will receive the best possible treatment for the environment. The program FreezPonsible proudly recognizes the participation of these organizations in the reduction of halocarbons (CFC, FREON, HFC) and greenhouse gas emissions. PureSphera will eliminate the halocarbons and will also recycle 96% of the materials from these cooling appliances: steel, aluminum, copper, plastic, oil and mercury. Halocarbons contribute to the main environmental problems: climate change and depletion of the ozone layer.
January 26, 2018

Manitoba government at PureSphera’s plant

The Manitoba government was at PureSphera’s plant to announce the creation of Efficiency Manitoba and expand energy saving program.  Watch this video     January 24, 2018 PROVINCE LAUNCHES NEW CROWN CORPORATION – – – Efficiency Manitoba to Deliver Electricity, Natural Gas Programs and Services: Cullen The Manitoba government has proclaimed The Efficiency Manitoba Act, allowing for the launch of a new stand-alone Crown corporation that will deliver demand-side management of electricity and natural gas programs and services, Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen announced today. “Efficiency Manitoba will offer households and businesses expanded energy saving programs that will help minimize […]
December 20, 2017

Manitoba Hydro awards contract to PureSphera to deliver their Refrigerator Retirement  Program

Effective November 1st , following a competitive bid process, PureSphera has been awarded the contract by Manitoba Hydro to continue to deliver the Power Smart Refrigerator Retirement program. PureSphera has been the exclusive recycler since the inception of this program in 2011, which generates significant energy savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change. PureSphera oversees call centre operations, provides order entry software (call centre and Web), plans and optimizes pick-up routes, collects, transports, and optimally recycles all appliances thus harvested, issues incentive payments, and provides complete operational and environmental reports. Cooling appliances are processed in Winnipeg prior […]
December 7, 2017

FreezPonsible certifications in Manitoba

PureSphera congratulates RM of Springfield, RM of Mountain and City of Steinbach for their FreezPonsible certification. This environmental program recycles refrigeration and cooling appliances and destroys the harmful gases contained within. Just one improperly recycled refrigerator produces as much pollution as a car driven 17,000 km in one year? When they reach the end of their useful life cycle, these cooling appliances become waste material. Most of the time, they end up in metal recycling, with no control over the gases involved. PureSphera is the only company in Canada providing 96% recycling of refrigerators. It’s the most effective approach to achieve […]
November 14, 2017

Made-in Manitoba Climate and Green Plan

The provincial government released its A Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, which is built on the strategic pillars of climate, jobs, water and nature, and includes 16 keystones for priority action that will support Manitoba’s economy and sustain the environment for future generations. “Our vision is to make Manitoba the cleanest, greenest and most climate-resilient province in Canada,” said Premier Brian Pallister Pallister.  “We are charting that course with a comprehensive plan based on Manitoba needs and focused on Manitoba priorities.” The climate and green plan was developed through the direct input of Manitobans, drawing from more than a year of consultations with […]
April 19, 2017

Celebrate Earth Day at the Appliance Recycling Blitz on April 22nd 2017

Earth Day contest for Manitobans Bring in your old appliances with coolant to be recycled or enroll in the Refrigerator Retirement Program and be entered to win a great prize! Do your part for Earth Day this year and properly dispose of your unworking or unwanted fridge, air conditioner, or anything else with coolant in it. It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s eco-friendly. An easy way to drastically reduce your carbon footprint! For more details, visit this page 
December 2, 2016

Online voting for PureSphera at GreenTec Awards 2017

Take one minute to vote for PureSphera at GreenTec Awards 2017 in Berlin. You will find PureSphera in Recycling & Ressource category
November 28, 2016


Bécancour, November 25, 2016 – The payment of $5 million in financial assistance to PureSphera, for an innovative project in refrigeration appliance recycling, was announced today by the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, David Heurtel, on behalf of the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for Plan Nord and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region, Pierre Arcand. This financial assistance is granted under ÉcoPerformance, a program funded by the Green Fund as part of the 2013-2020 Action Plan on Climate Change. Mr. Heurtel was accompanied by his Parliamentary Assistant, the MNA for […]
October 17, 2016

Liberals to enact rules to curb use of chemicals in cooling devices

The federal government will pass regulations requiring a dramatic reduction of the powerful greenhouse gases used in air conditioning and refrigeration, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said, after 170 countries reached a deal on the weekend to cut the use of hydrofluorocarbons. The agreement contains binding commitments and penalties for countries that do not meet them, unlike the Paris accord that has voluntary commitments. It is expected to prevent up to 0.5 C of global warming by the end of this century. The discussions occurred this weekend at a United Nations summit in Kigali. “This is a really good deal,” Ms. […]
September 15, 2016

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