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The silver in spent fixer has been a major problem for many wastewater
treatment plants.  Palo Alto, California was one of the first plants in
the country to initiate a program to reduce the discharge of silver from
photo and x-ray processing (these two discharges comprised almost all of
the silver received by the plant).  The primary measures are really
collection/recycling; prevention (via use of non-silver containing
photographic methods) is just starting. The popularity of digital
photographic and printing pre-press methods has accellerated, but
digital technologies have not yet taken hold in the medical field.  Cost
is definitely an issue.  Most wastewater treatment plants with silver
problems have set discharge requirements that effectively prohibit
pouring untreated fixer down the drain--the requirement is what has
motivated on-site silver recovery or off site transport of the waste

Some information on how the Palo Alto program works is available under
"commercial, medical" in the "photographic" section of the Palo Alto web
site (http://www.city.palo-alto.ca.us/cleanbay/publications.html).  You
can obtain a packet with the details from Brooke Safford, at

Kelly Moran
TDC Environmental

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: fwd: P2 Opportunities - Spent X-Ray Developer
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 12:52:39 EDT
From: "Andrea Kreiner" <akreiner@state.de.us>
Reply-To: "Andrea Kreiner" <akreiner@state.de.us>
To: <p2tech@great-lakes.net>

Andrea Kreiner
Business & Permitting Services
89 Kings Hwy, Dover, DE, 19901
302-739-6242 FAX
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From: Paul J. Janiga@Water@DNREC, on 10/15/1999 11:16 AM:
To: Andrea Kreiner@Admin@DNREC

Do you know of anyone who collects spent developer from processing
photos, etc. I fielded a phone call from DelTech asking if it was okay
discharge the spent chemicals used to develop x-rays to the sewer.
Because of 
the amount and nature of the chemicals used, dumping it to the sewer
minimal risk to the sewerage system and should be okay; the only
problem is the silver. I advised the person from DelTech to collect and
the spent developer until I can get a clear answer on dumping it into
sewer. That  begs the question of how other dental offices and
hospitals, etc. 

deal with disposal of these chemicals and whether there is anyone who
anxiously collect it and recover the silver at no cost to the facility 
generating the waste. The person with whom I spoke seemed to be
about the cost of collecting and having someone else dispose of this

Sounds like a prime opportunity for P2. Do you have any info I can relay
DelTech? Thanks!