Kitakyushu PCB Waste Treatment Facility

Kitakyushu Facility is the first regional PCB waste treatment facility of Japan, thanks to Kitakyushu City's acceptance of the facilities. Facilities were established in two phases. Phase 1 Facility treats high-voltage transformers and high-voltage capacitors, and Phase 2 facility treats high-voltage capacitors and PCB contaminants. Phase 1 facilities have started operations in Dec. 2004, and Phase 2 facilities have started operations in June 2009.

Outline of Facility


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  • Location: 1-62-24 Hibikimachi, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka 808-0021 JAPAN
  • Lot area: Approx. 54,000m2
  • Accepted Wastes
    Type of waste Wastes stored at Wastes accepted outside assigned region
    Transformers and capacitors A Region Some train-mounted transformers stored in C Region, some capacitors stored in D Region
    Ballasts and others A, B, and C Regions (except for wastes assigned for Osaka and Toyota Facility) none
    Note) Each region consist of the following prefectures
    A Region:Tottori, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, Kochi, Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima and Okinawa Prefecture
    B Region:Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara and Wakayama Prefecture
    C Region:Gifu, Shizuoka, Aichi and Mie Prefecture
    D Region:Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, and Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Types of wastes treated each facility:
    < Phase 1 >
    *High-voltage transformers and high-voltage capacitors
    - Treatment method
    Pretreatment: Combination of solvent cleansing method and vacuum heating separation method
    PCB treatment: Dechlorination decomposition method
    - PCB treatment capacity
    1.0t/day (PCB decomposition volume)
    < Phase 2 >
    *High-voltage capacitors
    - Treatment method
    Pretreatment: Vacuum heating separation method
    PCB treatment: Dechlorination decomposition method
    - PCB treatment capacity
    0.5 t/day (PCB decomposition volume)
    *Ballasts and other PCB contaminated wastes
    - Treatment method
    Plasma Melting Decomposition Method(PMD)
    - PCB treatment capacity
    10.4 t/day (PCB contaminants volume)
  • Overview of building
    • < Phase 1 >
      Lot area approx. 24,000m2
      Building structure 4-story steel framed building
      Building area: 6,293m2
      Floor area: 14,864m2
      Height: 22.1m
      < Phase 2 >
      Lot area approx. 30,000m2
      Building structure 5-story steel framed building
      Building area: 13,662m2
      Floor area: 45,222m2
      Height: 36.4m

    Treatment Flow

    Phase 1 Facility:
    PCBs from transfomers and capacitors are removed and collected by draining, dismantling, solvent cleansing, and vacuum heating. The collected PCBs are detoxified using the dechlorination decomposition method.

    Phase 2 Facility:
    PCBs from capacitors are removed through the vacuum heating separation method. The collected PCBs are detoxified using the dechlorination decomposition method.
    PCBs in PCB contaminents such as fluorescent light ballasts are repacked, and detoxified through the plasma melting decomposition method.

    After passing PCB elimination tests, recyclables such as iron, copper, aluminum, treated oil, alkali solid residues, and slag are sorted and sent to recyling companies.
    Treatment Flow Diagram
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    Safety Measures of Kitakyu Facility


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