Safe PCB Recycling
PCBs, or Polychlorinated Biphenyls, have been banned from use in the United States since 1977, but these harmful chemicals are still prevalent in certain types of waste, and sadly in parts of the environment due to contamination, making PCB recycling an important issues worldwide. Physical products that may contain PCBs range from electrical equipment like voltage regulators and electromagnets, fluorescent lighting ballasts and even oil used in some motors and hydraulics. Since 2013, PCBs have been classified as a carcinogen in humans and for animals, meaning PCBs are known to cause cancer growth. If you think waste you’re disposing of may contain these harmful chemicals, please use caution and personal protective equipment, or simply contact Cleanlites immediately.
One of the more widespread applications for PCBs until 1977, was for cable insulation. Not just communication cables suspended in the air along roads, but also in manufacturing household electronics. With this taken into consideration, it is hard to imagine how many miles of PCB-containing cable insulation has found its way into our environment. The sheer volume of use of cable insulation in our society highlights the importance of recycling old cables from personal and professional use, as well as end of life electronics. Do the right thing, recycle responsibly.