Hunting for Abandoned CFCs in Latin America

In 2018, Tradewater launched a refrigerant collection program in Latin America called RefriCazadores. Based in San Jose, Costa Rica, RefriCazadores is building national networks throughout the region to identify, collect, and destroy CFC and HCFC refrigerants. Staff have identified stockpiles of old cylinders in Costa Rica and Argentina, and is working to establish pathways to destroy this material and ensure that the refrigerant gas never leaks into the atmosphere. Our work is coordinated through a strong partnership with María José Gutiérrez and her company, R.E. Responsabilidad & Estrategia Consultoria, and has already led to hiring more than six people—and we are just getting started.