PCB Management

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are chemical compounds once widely used in a variety of manufactured products and as a dielectric fluid in electrical transformers, capacitors and other electrical equipment.

Today, many manufactured items containing PCBs -- which were banned in 1979 -- are being removed from service. In addition, in many locations where these manufactured items were in commercial use, PCBs were released or spilled, producing contaminated soil, sediment or debris.

As North America’s leading industrial waste disposal company, WM operates several Chemical WM (CWM) sites across the United States that are specially permitted for the treatment and disposal of PCB-bearing materials.

Our CWM facilities accept virtually all solid wastes containing PCBs including, but not limited to:

  • Capacitors
  • Circuit breakers
  • Compressors
  • Diffusion pumps
  • Light ballasts
  • Potheads
  • Rectifiers
  • Switches
  • Transformers
  • X-ray units

Many of our facilities are equipped for the storage of PCB-bearing materials as well as their disposal. Your WM representative will help you complete all the necessary forms and acquire all the approvals required to properly dispose of your PCB-bearing wastes.

Soil, sediment and debris wastes bearing PCBs

The CWM facilities also offer remediation services for the treatment and disposal of soil, sediment and debris contaminated with PCBs. Services may include sampling and analysis, excavation, transport, secure landfill disposal or third-party incineration.