Phaseout Information

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If you still have Oxyfume® cylinders in your possession, contact a hazardous waste disposal firm for disposal information. Former U.S. customers can contact Honeywell to learn about cylinder disposal reimbursement programs that may be available.

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Honeywell has ceased production of all Oxyfume® ethylene oxide (ETO) sterilant blends, and can no longer accept cylinder returns. It stopped accepting returned Oxyfume 2002 cylinders after August 30, 2013, and Oxyfume 2000 cylinders after November 1, 2013.
This phaseout was in response to regulations established by the U.S. EPA Clean Air Act that ban the sale and use of HCFC-based products like Oxyfume 2000 in the United States as of December 31, 2014, and banned the sale and use of Oxyfume 2002 as of December 31, 2009. Here are some steps that can help you comply with these regulations:
  • Examine your loading docks, storage facilities, sterilization facilities, and other areas for Oxyfume cylinders. Note that affected cylinders may bear the Honeywell, AlliedSignal, Praxair, Union Carbide, or Linde brand names. Learn more about what to look for on your cylinder
  • If you find any cylinders that may contain an affected sterilant, send them to a hazardous waste disposal firm for processing
  • Plan to stop using Oxyfume 2000 sterilants by December 31, 2014, per EPA regulations

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Which Products are Affected?

Cylinders containing the following ethylene oxide sterilant products must be addressed immediately:

  • Oxyfume 2000 – This product may be legally used through December 31, 2014, but Honeywell cannot legally receive these cylinders. If you have cylinders, contact a hazardous waste disposal firm to schedule disposal or contact us for more information
  • Oxyfume 2002 – The use of this product was banned in the United States by the U.S. EPA on December 31, 2009, and Honeywell cannot legally receive these cylinders. If you have cylinders, contact a hazardous waste disposal firm to schedule disposal or contact us for more information
  • Oxyfume 12 – The use of this product was banned in the United States by the U.S. EPA on December 31, 1995, and Honeywell cannot legally receive these cylinders. If you have cylinders, contact a hazardous waste disposal firm to schedule disposal or contact us for more information

Product Phaseout Schedule

Product End of Cylinder Returns End of Legal Use in the U.S.* Recommended Action
Oxyfume 2000 November 1, 2013 December 31, 2014 Contact a hazardous waste disposal firm to schedule disposal.
Oxyfume 2002 August 30, 2013** December 31, 2009 Contact a hazardous waste disposal firm to schedule disposal.
Oxyfume 12 December 31, 1995 December 31, 1995 Contact a hazardous waste disposal firm to schedule disposal.

*In the absence of any U.S. EPA exemptions
**Predominantly for sale outside of the U.S.