Sampling, Removal, Disposal & Recycling

Generators of oil-filled electrical equipment are responsible for their safe and proper handling from “cradle to grave.” To ensure full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, utilities and industrial facilities across the U.S. and Canada turn to TCI of NY for complete management of their:

  • Distribution transformers (pad- and pole-mounted units)
  • Network transformers
  • Regulators
  • Substation generating transformers
  • Breakers (oil and SF6 gas)
  • Bushings
  • Switches
  • Capacitors
  • Ballasts
  • PILC cable
  • Bulk and drummed oil
  • Debris

Our highly specialized process ensures that your obsolete transformers and other oil-filled electrical equipment are transported, dismantled and recycled safely and efficiently, in strict accordance with applicable laws and regulations. More than 99 percent of the equipment we process is salvaged for beneficial reuse, minimizing our customers’ carbon footprints and achieving their environmental goals.

In addition to processing your equipment, TCI takes responsibility for completing all required state and federal documentation, ensuring that you are in full compliance throughout these processes. In short, TCI of NY’s experience and expertise gives you the peace of mind that comes from knowing the job will be done safely and correctly from the start to finish.


Our highly trained and skilled technicians conduct on-site sampling of your oil-filled units or wipe sampling from units that already have been drained. The technician creates a log for all of the units with serial numbers, gallons of oil, KVAs and all other pertinent information. Each unit is given a unique tracking number that corresponds to the sample taken. Once the oil is analyzed at one of our approved, licensed laboratories, we provide a copy of the results along with a certified copy of the log.


After completing the oil analysis, TCI prepares all documentation and labeling required by state and federal authorities for transporting your equipment, including bills of lading, manifests, etc.


TCI of NY is a registered hazardous waste hauler. We maintain a fleet of modern transportation equipment, including single drop trailers, flatbed trailers, lowboy trailers, van trailers and oil tankers. All trailers are equipped with secondary containment, and each vehicle is fully outfitted with emergency response equipment. All TCI drivers complete 40-hour HAZWOPER training and an eight-hour annual renewal.

Equipment with PCB levels of less than 50 ppm is transported to and processed at our facility in Coeymans, NY. Equipment with PCB levels greater than 50 ppm is transported initially to Coeymans and then re-routed to our sister company, TCl of Alabama, for processing. 


Upon arrival at TCI’s campus, your equipment is offloaded inside our state-of-the-art enclosed bermed and lined facility. 

Equipment with PCB levels of less than 50 ppm is drained, and the oil is bulked and sent to our sister company, Hydrodec of North America, LLC, for recycling or, per the generator’s specifications, sent to other processing facilities.

Equipment with PCB levels greater than 50 ppm is transported intact to our sister company, TCl of Alabama, for handling and treatment. Equipment with previous PCB levels of 500 ppm and higher is processed through a state-of-the-art vapor degreasing unit.

Drained equipment with previous PCB levels of 50-499 ppm is transported to our sister company G&S Technologies in New Jersey, where it is processed through a scrap metal recovery oven.

For more information on our processing practices and technologies, please contact Lisa Leone-Beers or call (518) 756-9997.

Certification of Destruction

A certificate of destruction is issued for all regulated material upon final destruction. For non-regulated material, a certificate of recycling or disposal is issued upon request. We will also issue certificates of reclamation for oil recycling.