Ilfotec DD-X -- How to Dispose of it

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Dshambli, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. Dshambli

    Dshambli Member

    Messages:
    167
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2011
    Location:
    Florida
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    I wanted to try a new developer and picked up a bottle of Ilfotec DD-X. However, reading the bottle, it says it's very bad for the environment. Not wanting to poison my own water supply, how should it be disposed of? Is a small developing tank of diluted mixture too much to dump down the drain?
     
  2. Brian C. Miller

    Brian C. Miller Member

    Messages:
    494
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2010
    Location:
    Everett, WA
    Shooter:
    Large Format
    Have you seen the warnings on glacial acetic acid, and how it has to be shipped? And the stuff is actually purified and concentrated white vinegar. Dilute it and use on a salad.

    As for toxicity, don't worry about it. Just don't dump it directly into a fish bowl or something like that. It actually takes a lot of photochemicals to mess up a septic tank, and normal municipal sewage systems handle waste that's far nastier and concentrated than hobbyist photochemicals.
     
  3. Roger Cole

    Roger Cole Member

    Messages:
    5,480
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Location:
    Atlanta GA
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    You are reading a label mandated in England and possibly the EU. See the thread about de-ionized water and the problems our British brethren have buying distilled water over there.

    For that mater, see the MSDS for hydrogen dioxide, which I think someone posted once. :wink:

    I seriously doubt it's any worse, or even significantly different, from most other developers, with the possible exception of Xtol.
     
  4. Rich Ullsmith

    Rich Ullsmith Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,041
    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2007
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Buy some Ilford Delta 3200, which will neutralize it quite effectively.
     
  5. trotkiller

    trotkiller Subscriber

    Messages:
    146
    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2008
    Location:
    København
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    You mean Dihydrogen monoxide, yeah?
     
  6. Roger Cole

    Roger Cole Member

    Messages:
    5,480
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Location:
    Atlanta GA
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Uh, yeah. :wink:
     
  7. PhotoJim

    PhotoJim Member

    Messages:
    2,223
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2005
    Location:
    Regina, SK,
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Sounds even worse when you call it hydrogen hydroxide (HOH i.e. H2O) :smile:
     
  8. Leigh B

    Leigh B Member

    Messages:
    1,033
    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Location:
    Maryland, US
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    That's pretty basic.

    If you want the alternate form ask for Hydroxylic Acid. :D

    - Leigh
     
  9. Gerald C Koch

    Gerald C Koch Member

    Messages:
    6,246
    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2010
    Location:
    Southern USA
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Some years ago Kodak stated that considering the amount of chemicals used by an amateur photographer that they pose no threat to septic tanks or a city's waste water system. So relax and use any developer you wish. Some cities offer disposal of used fixer.