27 Apr 2013

Govt awards PCB disposal contract

7:45 am on 27 April 2013

The Government is setting up a nationwide programme to ensure hazardous material from old electrical equipment is disposed of safely.

Environment Minister Amy Adams says Transpacific Technical will be given $550,000 to collect and dispose of 12 tonnes of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) over the next two years.

PCBs were used in electrical transformers, ballasts and heat transfer capacitors and have been banned since 2004.

The material will be shipped to France where it can be disposed of safely.

A public campaign is to be launched targeting electricians and rural landowners who come into contact with PCBs in light fittings or due to on-farm dumping.