PCB Disposal   Leave a comment

PCBs were included in a plethora of commercial products produced in the U.S. before 1979. Such items include:

  • electrical equipment
  • glues
  • paints
  • plastics
  • rubber
  • caulk
  • fire retardants
  • inks
  • carbonless copy paper
  • insulation
  • coolants
  • lubricants
  • capacitors
  • vacuum pumps
  • turbines
  • and more!

If you think there may be PCB-containing materials in your home or workplace, you should get rid of them. However, proper disposal can be a bit complicated.

Simply throwing such products in the trash is dangerous because as the item decomposes, PCBs will be released into the environment. Burning the PCB-containing goods is also hazardous; fire can convert PCBs into another toxic family of chemicals known as polychlorinated dibenzofurans. The only safe way to rid yourself and the environment of PCBs is to contact a commercial PCB disposal company. For a list of EPA sanctioned PCB disposal companies, click here.

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Posted September 7, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

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