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F.A.Q. Photo Chemicals

The MCMUA operates one of NJ's most comprehensive household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. This F.A.Q. page and information on hazardous materials is intended as a guide about HHW materials as well as the MCMUA's HHW program. This information is a general guide and does not constitute official rule, regulation or law.

Hazards

  • Silver may be found in significant concentrations in fixer solution. Silver is a toxic contaminant that can disturb the biological action of a sewage treatment plant and harm aquatic life such as fish and other organisms.
  • Some fixer solutions are corrosive and can burn skin and eyes.
  • Some individuals are allergic to sulphites in photoprocessing solutions.
     

Handling

  • Protect eyes from splashes and skin from direct contact.
  • Store solutions in plastic buckets or bottles. Keep containers tightly closed when not in use.
  • Clearly label containers with the contents.
  • Store materials in a secure area that is locked and out of reach of children.
  • Keep dark room ventilated when using photographic chemicals.
     

Management Options

  • Photographic waste liquids should NOT be poured down the drain if connected to a septic system.
  • In sewered areas, developer and rinse solutions may be poured down the drain, but first check with your local sewerage authority for confirmation.
  • Some local photo processing businesses may accept silver bearing fixer waste for recycling and management.
  • Take spent fixer solutions to a HHW collection or commercial hazardous waste facility.