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SEATTLE COMPANY TO OFFER FREE FREON CAPTURE, DISPOSAL; NEW PROGRAM HELPS PUGET SOUND CONSUMERS ADHERE TO NATIONAL LAWS

 SEATTLE COMPANY TO OFFER FREE FREON CAPTURE, DISPOSAL;
 NEW PROGRAM HELPS PUGET SOUND CONSUMERS ADHERE TO NATIONAL LAWS
 SEATTLE, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Appliance Service Station announced today it will offer consumers free capturing and disposal of Freon gases, found in most household refrigerators and freezers (R-12), through July 1, 1992. Normal cost of this service is $50 - $100. The offer is due to laws that will begin July 1 making it illegal to vent any class I or class II substance into the atmosphere (this includes R-12, R-500, R-502 and for the first time R-22 compounds). Amendments to the Clean Air Act will also require that substitute refrigerants be recovered by 1996.
 "New laws will greatly affect all consumers," said Walter Dews, president of Appliance Service Station. "By the end of the century, Freon will no longer be manufactured. Companies are working feverishly to find comparable coolants, without much success. Not only will refrigerators take on new looks if a replacement is not found, but repairs will become more costly with less availability of Freon gases. We think that recovery and recycling not only make environmental sense, but economic sense as well, especially if we can keep costs down for our customers."
 The Appliance Service Station adopted a policy of refrigerant containment in December, well before the July 1 deadline. Effective March 1, 1992, all of their service technicians were equipped with special containers to fill at the time of a service call. The containers are taken back to Appliance Service Station's main office at 12546 Aurora Ave. N., where special equipment processes the refrigerants to recycle and store for future use. Some of Appliance Service Station's technicians have been equipped with machines that allow Freon to be captured, on premises, before repairs begin, then recycled and placed back in the refrigerator at the completion of the service call.
 The geographical boundaries for the free recycling is north to Lynnwood, east to Bellevue and south to Federal Way. Customers can call Appliance Service Station at 206-365-9310 to schedule an appointment or for additional information.
 The Appliance Service Station has been servicing major household appliances in the greater Seattle and Tacoma markets since 1947. Their trained technicians, honest and reliable service, offer a two- year limited warranty on all repairs.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Dyce of Jeri McDonald & Associates, 206-728-8570 for Appliance Service Station; or Walt Dews of Appliance Service Station, 206-365-9310/ CO: Appliance Service Station ST: Washington IN: SU:


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