Pyromet and its sister company, Sun Valley Film Wash, offer comprehensive X-ray recycling services including the chemical removal and recycling of silver from imaging films. We work with a variety of recycling companies that collect this material and have the capabilities to recycle and refine the following items:
Our X-Ray Recycling process is in compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations including HIPAA. We use a solution to chemically remove the silver from imaging films. Once we extract the silver from the film, the remaining clear PET plastic is put into bales, and shipped to various recyclers around the world. Nothing is land filled.
The silver washed off the plastic is then weighed and we pay for the actual silver content recovered. We do not guess or rely on an assay from chopping and sampling. After the material has been centrifuged, it turns into a silver sludge that is ready to be refined into pure silver.
All X-ray film is treated and stored as confidential information. Customers are provided with a Certificate of Destruction on request.
You can send us scrap films using your own vehicle/shipping company or we can assist in the shipping arrangements to our facility. Once the film is received, we will issue a receiving report that indicates the weight and assigns a confirmation number to the shipment.
All films must be dried and segregated from other film types and removed from any covers or jackets.
|As a member of Vision Imaging Partners, Inc., Pyromet is committed to preserving the independence and integrity of radiology services, including silver X-ray refining nationwide.|
The average silver yields listed below are based on our last five years of production. Silver yields can be higher or lower depending on the age, manufacturer, and application) i.e. x-ray scans, M.R.I. nuclear medicine film, or ratio of black versus clear areas on the film. Sun Valley washes and Pyromet refines each lot of film separately.
The silver sludges refined in Pyromet's environmentally responsible processes are refined to .999 industry-standard purity and brokered in the industrial metals market.
|Medical Films||Troy Ounces Per 100 lbs|
|File Films Earlier than 1979||18 - 20|
|File Films From 1979 - 1982||15 - 18|
|File Films From 1982 - 1990||12 - 14|
|*File Films From 1990 - 2008||8 - 11|
|Single-Sided (MRI, Nuclear Med., Scans, etc)||7 - 8|
|Darkroom Scrap or Discards||7 - 8|
|Exposed Rolls of Cinefleurographic Films||4 - 6|
|Unexposed Rolls of Cinefleurographic Films||16 - 18|
|2007 Unexposed Singled Sided Films||15 - 18|
|2007 Unexposed Double Sided Films||20 - 23|
|* From 1998 to current, any radiology rooms added newer technology (dry processors). The dry process films is mixed in to the file films, so the assays have dropped on the lower range to 8 troy ounces per 100 pounds depending on the ratio of dry to conventional films.|
|Industrial / Dental||Troy Ounces Per 100 lbs|
|Earlier than 1982||45 - 50|
|From 1982 - 2008||23 - 35|
|2008 Unexposed||30 - 42|
|Graphic Arts||Troy Ounces Per 100 lbs|
|Assorted Printing Mix||17 - 18|
|Newspaper||21 - 24|
|Unexposed||28 - 34|
|Dry Laser Film*||Troy Ounces Per 100 lbs|
|* Based on Lab Sample|