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Volume 167: debated on Monday 12 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a further statement on the recycling of chlorofluorocarbons from the foam in refrigerators.

There are technical difficulties in extracting chlorofluorocarbons from the foam in refrigerators, and I know of no full-scale system operating anywhere at present. My Department has commissioned Coopers and Lybrand to carry out a wide-ranging study into chlorofluorocarbons use, including the technical and economic options for their recovery, recycling and destruction. That study is due to be completed shortly.