Disposing of film processing waste

Discussion in 'Develop, Process and Print' started by Rob MacKillop, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    I wrote to my local council asking about disposing of the chemicals used for developing film. Here's the reply:

    The normal advice we’d give for household chemical disposal is to put each different chemical in a clearly labelled plastic bottle, securely seal and hand it to a member of staff at a household waste recycling centre.

    However those sites are currently shut as a result of the coronavirus situation, so if you can:

    • Wait until the sites reopen if possible
    • If not you can place a maximum of one plastic bottle in the grey household waste bin at a time.

    Our household waste is sent for energy recovery at Milllerhill (i.e. it is burned to generate power for the national grid). While I know that some chemicals used in photography are relatively benign, such as acetic acid, I think this would be a safer way to dispose of others than pouring them down the drain, assuming you only have small amounts. This is perhaps a better way to dilute them than via the water courses.

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