Industrial Surplus Offers Launches A New Circuit Breaker Disposal Service Nationwide

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As Oil-based circuit breakers disposal becomes a growing environmental concern. Industrial Surplus launches a nationwide circuit breaker disposal service

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Industrial Surplus launches a nationwide oil-based circuit breaker disposal service. Circuit breaker disposal has become a growing environmental concern. Properly, disposing of old electrical and electronic equipment is a priority of the Toxic Substance Control Act(TSCA), a federal initiative to govern materials that contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB). Oil-based circuit breakers contain PCB. PCB is extremely toxic and must be managed properly if and when they are disposed of. Facilities are encouraged to remove and properly dispose of PCB-contaminated items. These include transformers, capacitors, heat transfer systems, hydraulic systems, electromagnets, switches, voltage regulators, circuit breakers, reclosers, and cables.

While there are many different types of oil-based circuit breakers, some are more effective than others and have a better electric sustainability than others. The proper disposal of circuit breakers should be a concern to anyone needing to disposal of a circuit breaker. TSCA requires good recordkeeping and provisions to owners about the weight of the PCBs, the identification of PCB-containing items, the dates of storage, transfer, disposal, and the names of shippers and receivers. Its required as a circuit breaker owner to verify that PCB containers like circuit breakers have been disposed of properly and for maintaining a signed copy of the shipping/disposal manifest. A certificate of disposal should be provided.

After a PCB circuit breaker comes to the end of its functionality, it is important to ensure the proper disposal of the oil from the breaker. As these breakers become unusable, the local Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) can offer businesses information on how to ensure the proper disposal of the used oil. If the oil is uncontaminated, then it is possible to bring the oil in specially marked containers to buyers who specifically buy what is known as non-PCB oil. This oil must be transported following proper DEP safety standards. Contaminated oil also must be specially marked for travel and placed in specific safety containers that ensure the highest integrity and safety during transportation. There are local drop off sites throughout the United States for this type of used oil. This service is provided by the state.

Recyclable oil, which is the used non-PCB oil, can be resold and recycled. This can be cost effective and good for the environment. Specialized companies throughout the United States are available for this service and consumers can seek them out to find out what the guidelines are for this service.

Any area company looking for oil-based circuit breaker disposal, should contact the their local state DEP for referrals to a proper circuit breaker oil disposal company. The state’s DEP can assist in offering more than simple disposal guidelines, but can assist in company referrals as well.

There are companies such as Industrial Surplus who offer nationwide services to properly dispose of your oil-based circuit breakers. In fact, Industrial Surplus can handle all of your electrical and electronic equipment disposals including transformers, capacitors, heat transfer systems, hydraulic systems, electromagnets, switches, voltage regulators, circuit breakers, reclosers, and cables. Industrial Surplus have been in business for more than 25 years. They are familiar with the federal and local regulations to dispose of your oil-based circuit breakers. For more information about circuit breaker disposals, visit or call 713-644-4011.

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