I have scrap x-ray film in small amount can I put it in a dumpster?
We get a lot of phone calls and e-mails from customers who has small amount of film, for an example:
"Hello, I have been involved in an accident and I have many x-rays, CT scans and MRI film that I do not need anymore, I would like to have these recycled can you pick it up?"
We always ask for the weight because we have seen people like that that has more x-ray films that a small chiropractor, but in most cases when we understand they only have a few lbs of scrap x-ray film which will not be cost effective for us as a recycling company to pick-up, we always give them the option to actually mail us the x-ray film for recycling, some people say well its not worth the stamp, I will just put it in the trash.
Of course everybody has the right to do what they feel is right, but as part of our mission to recycle x-ray film we have to actually let them know its wrong, so we try to explain because we do care, if you knew what we know about putting x-rays in the trash maybe you will care as well, share:
What is x-ray film made of ?
Most people know that but here it is again, the film looks like some clear
paper or plastic but its not just that, the main ingredient of the x-rat film is
PET plastic, and it is coated with the rare earth mineral which is the actual
precious metal called silver, so putting the film in the trash means you
will put PET plastic and silver in the trash.
So what? its only 1 or 2 x-rays.
Of course there is a very minimal amount of silver in that 1 x-ray film, that is right it might not even be valuable, that is right but did you really ever think what happens to the stuff we put in the trash, most of us think that once something is in the trash its dead, we just forget about it, well its not, its just not in your house or in your office anymore, but it does not mean that it does not exists.
Where is it all going?
Our trash goes to the main landfill, the landfill is a big place where all of the trash is spilled and that the trash is usually gets covered up with sand to prevent odor but still plastic and silver in a landfill just stays there, the silver as know is a rare earth mineral and in the landfill can go down to our drinking water, also the PET is materials is actual oil and it goes down to our drinking water and its not ideal.
It is much easier to actually put your film in a small envelope, you can use the x-ray film envelope you have, take a marker and write "please recycle" put a stamp on it and just mail it to us, that you know you did the right thing.
Do you need us to mail you a certificate of destruction? no problem, please write "X-Ray for disposal, Please recycle - Need certificate of destruction" and write your contact info there as well, if you do not need a certificate of destruction just write: "X-Ray for disposal".
Do not worry your information on the x-rays will not be disclosed to anyone who is not part of our recycling process and that is our statement.
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