Halon 1301 Recycling Center

Halon gas is a suppression agent that does not leave any residue and quickly suppresses fires, making it a popular choice for museums, data centers, and electronic equipment support. Developed in the 1940s and 50s, it was soon widespread across fire suppression systems, especially when sensitive equipment was involved, due to its effective fire suppression capabilities.

However, halon gas is a Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) whose manufacturing has ceased, due in part to CFC's ability to deplete the Ozone layer and its resulting health effects on humans. Fortunately, there are now more effective, healthier, and environmentally friendly alternatives for modern fire suppression agents.

Health Effects of Halon Gas and Alternatives to Halon

There are two primary forms of Halon gas which were once used for fire suppression systems: Halon 1301 and Halon 1211. Halon 1301 was the most popular choice, because of its efficacy and mild toxicity to humans. However, although the toxicity is listed as mild, consequences can still range from light-headedness to loss of consciousness. Meanwhile, Halon 1211 is much more toxic, and even at low concentrations can lead to death.

Exposure to either variant of Halon gas should be avoided, and if exposure is present, seek fresh air immediately.

Since the discontinuation of Halon production, there have been several alternatives invented that suppress fires more effectively, are considerably less toxic to humans, and do not have environmental effects that are as detrimental.

Two of the most common alternatives to Halon gas come in the form of vaporizing pressure fluid systems: FM-200 and Novec 1230. These are both total flooding systems that do not use water and leave behind no residue, meaning that they are safe to use with sensitive electronics and valuable or rare materials. Inert natural gas systems, another alternative to Halon, suppress fires using inert gasses found in our atmosphere by reducing the concentration of oxygen, ultimately preventing fires from combusting.

Purchase Procedure

Selling your dated Halon is easy when you choose Control Fire Systems. In order to determine a price for your suppression agents, we only need two pieces of information from you:

  1. How many cylinders are in your possession?
  2. How many kgs of the agent remain in the cylinders?

Using this information, we will be able to generate a purchase order value using the current commodity price of your suppression agents. Once these steps have been completed and agreed upon, a purchase order will be generated.

Arranging for the transportation of your suppression agents can be handled by us, and we will be here to provide help at any point in the process, including explaining Bill of Lading terminology, as well as supplying dangerous goods placards and associated MSDS sheets.

We will also provide you with detailed weights within 72 hours of your product arriving at our facility (total weight of tank - tare weight & nitrogen loss = agent weight received). Finally, the last step of the process will be for you to invoice us for the value of the suppression agent.

Sell Procedure

If you're located in either the USA or Canada, Control Fire Systems will be able to provide you with the suppression agent you need. We will send our experts to your facility in order to decommission your old suppression system, and all of our work is fully insured. Keeping you protected is our priority, which is why we provide quick turnarounds for refilling cylinders.

When doing business with us, all of our products are shipped from our ULC-certified storage and recycling center. We provide two different options for Halon tank sizes: a 1-ton tank, and a ½ ton tank:

Tank Size

Tank Size

1-ton Tank

1/2 ton Tank

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1,425 lbs

1,200 lbs

508 lbs

354 lbs

Why Choose Control Fire Systems?

Control Fire Systems is your best choice for start-to-finish fire protection, fire system design and installation, and recycling outdated fire suppression materials. We have our own recycling and storage facility for Halon gas and other clean agents, both of which are ULC listed. We operate in both the USA and Canada, providing our expert services on both sides of the border.

Control Fire Systems is fully insured for all of our processes, including shipping and receiving Halon gas. If we don't personally handle the shipping of your product, we will provide you with a carrier whose professional reputation matches ours. We provide quick turnarounds on all discharged cylinders, reducing the amount of time that your fire suppression system is offline.

If you have any other questions or concerns about your fire suppression system or suppression agents, we will be happy to answer. Our expert staff is available to provide the best direction for you, your business, and your fire system. Don't hesitate to reach out to us today!