X-Ray Film Recycling & Disposal Services

Pyromet offers comprehensive X-ray recycling services including the chemical removal and recycling of silver from imaging films. 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.

We work with a variety of recycling companies that collect this material and have the capabilities to recycle and refine the following items:

  • Medical X-Rays
  • MRI Scans
  • Dental X-Rays
  • Veterinary X-Rays
  • Industrial X-Rays
  • Other Radiology Sheets

Our X-Ray recycling process is in compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations including HIPAA. All X-ray film is treated and stored as confidential information. Customers are provided with a Certificate of Destruction on request. Minimums apply.

Average Yields

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
Kodak 9.5
Afga 5
Fuji 6.5
Konica 8.5
Codonics 5
* Based on Lab Sample

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