Halon Collection Campaign

Halon is a firefighting agent that was introduced into Australia in the early 1970s. Halon quickly replaced many previously accepted firefighting products because of its efficiency and ease of use. This saw a significant utilisation of this product in the fire protection industry.

There are two types of Halon commonly found in Australia:

  • Halon 1211- known as BCF and used as a streaming agent, and;
  • Halon 1301- known as BTM and used as a total flooding agent

Halons are fully halogenated chemicals that have relatively long lifetimes in the atmosphere. Reactions involving bromine are estimated to be responsible for 25 per cent of the chemical destruction of ozone over Antarctica and 50 per cent over the Arctic. The ozone depleting potential of halons is ten times greater than chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Halons are a very aggressive ozone-depleting chemical. One kilogram of halon 1211 can destroy 50 tonnes of ozone.

Indications are that there are still some yellow BCF fire extinguishers located in Australia. In 2016,  National Halon Bank (NHB) reported to the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGGs) Board (FPIB) through the Department of the Environment and Energy that they received approximately six tonnes of halon 1211. This indicates that there is still some BCF fire extinguishers being returned to various collection points across Australia.

The FPIB is implementing a Halon Collection Campaign to remove the community's unused stocks of this ozone-depleting substance and promote the adoption of alternatives. The Halon Collection Campaign will be actively promoting the recovery of halon by working through targeted industries and the public.

Recognising the threat that halons pose to the ozone layer and the risk to the community members who are still relying on these extinguishers. The FPIB is requesting the fire industry and the public to participate in the collection campaign.

The halon collection points are:

  • Any fire station throughout Australia, and;
  • Fire protection permit holders 

A list of companies authorised to handle halon is available at  www.fpib.com.au/information/licenced-companies.aspx

Once BCF extinguishers have been dropped off, they will be collected by A‑Gas Australia and transported to the NHB. A‑Gas Australia is contracted by the Australian Department of Environment & Energy to manage the NHB, where halon is stored, destroyed or recycled.

The NHB operates a free call service to advise on disposal of halon and also operates a free service for the general public and small businesses to dispose of halon.

The criteria to qualify free disposal are listed on the Halon Collection Point Deposit Form available at 



For all National Halon Bank inquiries:                                                           
Phone: 1800 658 084

For Policy related inquiries, please contact:
Department of the Environment and Energy
Email: nationalhalonbank@environment.gov.au
Phone: 1800 803 772 - Community Information Unit

For further information please click the link below. 

Halon fact sheet

Halon Management Strategy

Halon Management Strategy Fact Sheet

Review of Australia's Halon Essential Uses Requirements