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The PCB (polychlorobiphenyls) and PCT (polychloroterphenyls) are polychlorated organic compounds that were used as coolants in electrical equipment. Their used was forbidden in 1985.
The regulation to eliminate apparatuses containing such compounds was determined by Council Directive 96/59/EC, transposed by RD 1378/1999, modified by RD 228/2006. These regulations establish several obligations, which include:


  • To declare the possession and decontamination/elimination of items with PCBs, attaching the documentation to justify the declared information.
  • To report on the plans for destruction or decontamination.
  • To properly label the items and the premises where they are located.
  • To decontaminate or eliminate on the dates shown, and in general before 1 January 2011, equipment and its content with the characteristics specified by the regulations.


It must be borne in mind that a unit manufactured without PCB or PCT is not necessarily exempt from being declared, as those that have been maintained may be contaminated. For this reason an inventory must be made of the apparatuses that have been handled until it can be demonstrated that this pollution has not occurred.


Definition, coding and classification

In accordance with the European Waste Catalogue


Frequently asked questions and answers about PCB/PCT management

Specific regulations

Catalan, Spanish and European regulations