DIY Dev in Switzerland: requesting chemical help

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  1. IloveTLRs

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    Hello everyone,

    I've just relocated to Switzerland, and I want very much to get back into developing my own B&W again. I would like some help in the chemical department. Specifically, how to use and dispose of photo chemicals properly, for example photo developer and fixer.

    I know that Europe can be quite strict in regards to chemicals and such, but who would I contact about this? Getting rid of fixer seems to especially important.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!!
     
  2. Loulou

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    Where in Switzerland are you located?
     
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    For the time being, Berner Oberland
     
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    Well, I asked at Town Hall and they said chemicals can be brought to a local disposal facility. They will be disposed of free of charge. As I thought, simply dumping things down the drain is strictly forbidden.
     
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    Don’t let yourself be intimidated. I had a black-and-white film lab from 1999 to 2008 here in Basel. Feel free to ask questions!

    Developing one’s own shots is most rewarding and joyful.
     
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    Dumping developer down the drain is forbidden as well?

    The Safe New World has arrived, for sure.
     
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    At least at my location it is forbidden: it is considered as waste and waste must not disposed of by the sewer.
     
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    A question for those in the EU. Can dandruff shampoos containing selennium such as Selsun Blue or Head and Shoulders be purchased there. If so then worrying about a few amateur phototogrphers dumping developer down the drain seems a particularly mad point to dwell on.
     
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    Gerald, this is what my local waste water officer told me when being approached by me on that matter.
    I did not say that any bureaucrat worried about a few amateur photographers...
     
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    One might follow the local rules to avoid a fine, rather than because the world will end otherwise . . .
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