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Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs): Recycling Plastics from Shredder Residue

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April 1, 2013

EPA is interpreting its polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act to generally allow for recycling of plastic separated from automobile and other shredder residue. The Agency believes this interpretation responds to stakeholder interest in the use and distribution of recycled plastics from shredder residue recovered from metals recycling facilities. Further, it is the Agency's position that recycling material that would otherwise become waste can generate a host of environmental and economic benefits while protecting people's health.

To learn more, see a pre-publication copy of the Federal Register Notice – Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs); Recycling Plastics from Shredder Residue (PDF) (10 pp, 201 kb).

Request for Public Comment

The comment period closed on January 11, 2013. The proposal and submitted comments may be viewed at Regulations.gov.

To use Regulations.gov: In the Keyword or ID Search box, type in the docket number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0902 and press “Enter” on your keyboard, or “Search” on the web page to receive search results.


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