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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne
    Its also illegal so make sure you have someone to bail you out of jail. And uh..dont call me.


    Wayne

    thank you wayne!

    where i live ( in rhode island ) if there is more than 3parts/million silver (they can't test below that ) you can get in a lot of trouble dumping down the drain. in providence, if you pour 5parts/million you are eligible for a fine up to $10,000 / day you do it - commercial/hobbiest alike.
    a lot of schools and universities dump photochemistry (or used to) down the drain because they "don't know any better" or they don't feel they generate enough waste for it to matter, or they feel they are exempt because they are not a commercial enterprise.

    yes, it is true that spent fixer is made into a fertalizer, but they have to treat it first. places like itronics convert fixer into fertalizer.

    jason, you might contact itronics to see if they have a photo-place in your area they pick up from. i had tried to have them take my fixer, but it wasn't cost effictive to ship it to nevade from rhode island. instead i have a waste hauler give me a 30 gallon drum and he picks it up about one time ever year/year and 1/2. i get a nice dinner+bottle of wine our of it when the check for my silver comes in the mail, and i don't have any "photographer's guilt" to justify ...
    just the same, it is probably easier to take it to your local household waste drop off than deal with the red tape i have to deal with.

    good luck!

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    A cubic mile of seawater has 5,000 pounds of silver in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggie
    Contact any college and or university in California that has a phtography department. They take out the silver then mix the spent chemistyr and down the drain it goes. Unless it has changed in the last 6 months they still do it. Once the B&W chems have been mixed they are no more harmful than vinegar. Creating a climate of fear and false information on this will not change it. Pyro chems oxidize rapidly and once they have are inert. Color chemistry is another matter. That has some nasty stuff in it. Jason uses B&W chems. BTW I lived across the bay from where he lives near Berkeley. Now you want the ultra hyper paranoid environment that was it.
    All I did was state that I believe dumping chemicals on the ground is illegal, I dont see anything "ultra-paranoid" or anything that creates "a climate of fear" in that.


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    the police are on their way. they'll overlook the crack house a few doors down, and bust through the door to your your darkroom, guns drawn and with a k9 unit trained in silver detection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffneedham
    the police are on their way. they'll overlook the crack house a few doors down, and bust through the door to your your darkroom, guns drawn and with a k9 unit trained in silver detection.
    hope they dont expose your print!
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    Not that I would do such a thing, of course, but how would anyone find out what you pour down your drain?


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