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Title: is 35mm film recyclable .
Post by: trailerboy on November 28, 2010, 12:53:59 PM
ok , in world now of recycling , can you recycling 35mm film . Is it for the local Dump or can one of these recycling companys use it ?

Anyone know ?

I Know you cant recycling old nitrate film.


Title: Re: is 35mm film recyclable .
Post by: exciterlamp on November 28, 2010, 05:26:02 PM
35mm film is recyclable but only by specialist companies and I believe that junk film from Britain is sent abroad by the container load to places like Japan.  These companies deal in hundreds of tons and I doubt if they would be interested in small amounts.  Can't you recycle your unwanted film via the film forum, or is it really of no value or interest? 


Title: Re: is 35mm film recyclable .
Post by: fp.philips on June 27, 2014, 04:37:09 PM
Cellulose Acetate film can be recycled to recover the acetate which was worth some £3000 per ton some years ago.  Polyester film can theoretically be recycled but is not worth the cost of the operation.
Since most 35mm has been polyester for nearly 20 years there is no recycling of it done anywhere. In recent years it was cut up with bandsaws and incinerated.

Black and white film can be incinerated to collect the silver which then goes to a refinery. But again there has not been any commercial operation to do that since the 1970s.