EPA's Responsible Appliance Disposal
(RAD) Program: A Win-Win for You and
the Environment
Responsible Appliance
	/r Disposal Program

What is RAD?
RAD is a voluntary partnership program that works with utilities, retailers, manufacturers, states, affiliates, and
others to dispose of old refrigerated appliances using the best environmental practices available—going beyond
federal requirements to protect Earth's climate and ozone layer.
This means:
•	Complying with laws on the recovery of refrigerant, used oil,
and PCBs
•	Recovering appliance foam
•	Promoting recycling of all durable goods
•	Promoting the permanent retirement of old, inefficient
appliances to save energy
RAD partners have recycled 7.1 million refrigerated appliances since program inception, resulting in 31.6 million metric
tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions avoided-equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from the annual
electricity use of 4.7 million homes.
Why Join?
s Partners are publicly recognized by EPA for:
•	Protecting the ozone layer and reducing
GHG emissions
•	Saving landfill space and energy by recycling
rather than landfilling durable materials
•	Keeping communities safe by avoiding the
release of used oil, mercury, and PCBs
s Partners gain access to the EPA RAD logo
•	Distinguish your organization as an
industry leader
•	Show others how you are protecting the
environment and benefiting communities
s RAD helps partners achieve and track
environmental benefits
•	Document your RAD achievements in reports
and benchmark progress over time
s EPA provides partners with a variety of tools
and resources related to responsible appliance
disposal, including:
•	Partner case studies
•	Disposal and recycling fact sheets
•	Guidance documents
•	Materials communicating the benefits of RAD
s RAD provides access to a national network of
like-minded organizations
•	Exchange information and best practices with
other partners
•	Participate in partner-only webinars and meetings
•	Leverage partnerships with utilities, appliance
manufacturers and retailers, recyclers, and others
to make your program more efficient and effective
For more information about joining the RAD program, contact Sally Hamlin at Hamlin.Sallv@epa.gov or visit the
RAD website at https://www.epa.gQv/rad.