Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

PCBs are banned in New Zealand, but small amounts can still turn up and need to be managed safely. Get advice on what to do with left over PCBs.

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are one of a number of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) which are serious environmental pollutants and are banned in New Zealand under the HSNO Act.

However, it is likely that small amounts of PCBs, as with other POPs, will continue to be found and there is a framework to manage their storage and disposal.

We have updated the Hazardous Substances (Storage and Disposal of Persistent Organic Pollutants) Notice 2004 to allow for the disposal of PCBs to be managed in a similar way to other POPs. This Notice sets requirements for: 

  • the storage of PCBs
  • notification by collectors of PCBs to the EPA
  • specific controls to be met in relation to packaging, emergency management, and identification duties of collectors.

Read the Hazardous Substances (Storage and Disposal of Persistent Organic Pollutants) Notice 2004 (pdf 188 kb)

There is a practical guide for anyone involved in the handling, storage, transport, and disposal of PCBs.

Safe management of PCBs - Code of Practice (pdf 1.1MB)

If you have any queries about PCBs or want to notify us of any PCBs, get in touch with the Hazardous Substances Compliance team.

HSCompliance@epa.govt.nz