My presumption is that HP does re-use the cartridges - probably via a third-party arrangement with a re-filler. As AgX noted - you can buy "re-filled" printer cartridges at Staples.
Originally Posted by Jim Jones
Mind you that I am a sole user (as you seem to be). As I noted, in the brochure the label was valid for the return of up to 12 cartridges - so it is an attractive means of responsible disposal for businesses - who are far and away much larger consumers of printer cartridges and are very unlikely to want to refill their own.
Refilled dye cartridges may not contain the same generation of ink dye as the one supplied by the printer manufacturer, and therefore image stability may suffer.
In case someone, who has no chance to get his developer waste incinerated, wants to employ a resin/carbon filter. How would he run the treatment?
As you indicated a common kitchen water `purifyer´ could do the job. I don’t know how many brands and systems are out there. But obviously you assume they all contain anion- and cation-exchanging resins, plus that active corbon bed. (Those resins employed in dishwashers only contain a cation-exchanging resin.)
Must the alcality be adjusted?
Would one run be sufficient? Would several runs lower the organic load?
How does one know that the cartridge is exhausted (or rather filled)?
(Whith reference to that current thread on food containers, of course the use of such a cartridge gives way to an erronous use.)
And in the end one need to get rid of the cartridge too. Thus also delivering it to be incinerated. This time however as a smaller volume…
These household or home filters generally only contain resins that remove the positively charged salts such as calcium and iron, and the carbon will remove the organics. Both work to capacity. In household filters, they assume low levels of organics and metal salts, and that is why I said this was inefficient. It can show you the way to go. You would probably have to stack 2 or 3 of these filters for a batch of sludge from your processing work, and run the developer and fixer through them.
Acids and bases would have to be neutralized.
As I stated above, I have the filters here and intend to do some experiments to quantify it. If it works out, then I can get some 'real' resins and test them out and develop a more practical home method that would allow a dry, small volume package to be put out as chemical waste.
I did this all at Kodak in the 70s, but would have to recreate it here and now, and determine the cost effectiveness. The home filters are a nice starting place for anyone interested in trying though.
My posts are regarding a toner cartridge for a B&W laser printer.
Originally Posted by Photo Engineer
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not that it might not be fun to create a 2-stage macgyver/ mad scientist filter bed
but wouldn't it be more cost effective to have things carted away or use a trickle tank? it really isn't too much effort or cost ...
Ahh, and I was thinking refillable ink (dye) cartridges.
Originally Posted by copake_ham
I'm in the situation that a collecting truck comes to the community regularly where I can deliver several seperate 10-liter tanks with exhausted developer and exhausted fixer.
Originally Posted by jnanian
However there are members around who have no discarting service around who might want to keep the waste for better times (concerning a discarting service), or where there might be severe limitations on the volume of fluid waste.
For those a type of filtration cartridge PE is thinking of might be an outcome.
OK, I contacted the utility service that provides our sewer treatment. I cannot dispose of spent developer and fixer down the drain. I need to treat it or take it to a treatment center, get an account, etc. I want to look into treating it.
So I have looked at the water purification section of the local big-box hardware store and I see filters that will remove organic compounds, and I can certainly use the iron wool or aluminum foil process for removing silver. I ran university research lab for several years where we processed our own water using these types of cartidge filters (several types in series, each providing a different filtering effect), but those filters operated under pressure... the normal pressure of a city water system.
Will these filters from the hardware store work if the solution is simply gravity fed... a holding tank connected to a filter draining into another holding tank? Or does it need to be pressurized? Should I consider something else?
I admit that I know nothing about this kind of setup and my question may be dumb...
Before you go to all that trouble - did you check whether or not there is a hazmat drop-off location in your community?
Originally Posted by wclavey
In Tucson (where we are P/T residents) there is a readily accecessible hazmat drop-off location. It's open several days a week (including Saturdays) and you just drive into their "thru-garage" and pop to trunk. They unload the cans, bottles of whatever nasties you have and send you on your way. No account needed.