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dugrant153
04-21-2014, 12:40 AM
Anyone know where I can send these to be recycled? I'd hate to have a whole bunch thrown out and would rather see them being recycled.
Does Ilford take canisters back? I wouldn't mind shipping them over there if it means that these canisters don't go into the trash (if they can avoid it!)

Tom1956
04-21-2014, 01:51 AM
Anyone know where I can send these to be recycled? I'd hate to have a whole bunch thrown out and would rather see them being recycled.
Does Ilford take canisters back? I wouldn't mind shipping them over there if it means that these canisters don't go into the trash (if they can avoid it!)

Auction them on ebay.

AgX
04-21-2014, 02:57 AM
Take them to your local scrap metal collector. Though I don't think he will be pleased by it: high volume, few metal and even that plastic core.
There is no interest in the photo industry itself for these cartridges.

By the way, cannister is term we use for the cylindrical package of the cartrige, by now made from plastic.



The only recycling use in your sense would be someone who uses these for bulk loading.

Dr Croubie
04-21-2014, 03:54 AM
You guys don't have kerbside collection of recyclables in Canadia like we do?
I just take the plastic spindle out of the middle and put it in the milk-bottle with all the other small plastic lids.
The metal bit with the two ends (canister, cartridge, whatever) just goes in with all the metal recycling, sometimes I put them all in a tin can (like from soup or baked beans) along with beerbottle lids and other small bits of metal so they don't get lost on the way...

Ricus.stormfire
04-21-2014, 07:39 AM
make keyrings to give away to friends and family.....

trythis
04-21-2014, 03:01 PM
Send them to me. I reload them if there is enough film sticking out. I only need 3/8 inch or so. I reload them with all sort of old bizarre emulsions for experiments!

sent from phone. excuse my typing.

Rick A
04-21-2014, 03:24 PM
Anyone know where I can send these to be recycled? I'd hate to have a whole bunch thrown out and would rather see them being recycled.
Does Ilford take canisters back? I wouldn't mind shipping them over there if it means that these canisters don't go into the trash (if they can avoid it!)

Are you talking about the film cartridge itself, or the old style metal canisters the film cartridges came in?

Andrew O'Neill
04-21-2014, 08:14 PM
You guys don't have kerbside collection of recyclables in Canadia like we do?

In Coquitlam we used to, but the municipality got rid of it a few years ago. I loved it when we had it! The stuff you could find!

dugrant153
04-21-2014, 10:54 PM
Not my website, but this image describes what I'm trying to recycle:

http://kikichaos.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/35mm-film-canisters.jpg

So it's not the plastic film containers but the canisters themselves where you load your film and take your film out off. I used to tear open the canister from the top and/or bottom to get to the film but now with my "film tongue" device I usually pull the film out and leave the canister intact... but just lately.

bdial
04-22-2014, 05:52 AM
I put them in the recycling bin with the tin cans.