Waste Management for Photography

Photography generates a number of chemical wastes. Some examples include waste photography solutions and waste films. Below are suggestions on how to manage the majority of chemical waste generated. For complete information on chemical waste management, go to the Laboratory Chemical Waste Management Procedures. These procedures are universal for both laboratory and art operations.

Waste Photographic Solutions:

  • Obtain a Nalgene low-density polyethylene waste container. These containers are available from the campus laboratory storerooms and laboratory supply stores. You can also purchase gasoline containers from local hardware stores. Do not use consumer commodities such as milk containers or soda bottles. You can also reuse the container that the photographic solutions were shipped in.
  • DEHS can also supply a 55-gallon plastic drum for large volume operations.
  • Apply a completed orange chemical waste label to the side of the container, or place in the vinyl tah attched to the container.
  • Wear splash goggles and appropriate chemical protective gloves.
  • Add the liquid waste using a large funnel. If possible, perform all liquid waste bulking in an operating fume hood.
  • Remove the funnel and seal the container.
  • Store the container in a secondary containment bin.
  • Contact DEHS to remove when the container is 90% full.
  • Containers will be returned in one week.

Waste Films:

  • Place the waste films into the original container or other sturdy plastic container.
  • Place the containers into a cardboard box.
  • Apply a completed chemical waste label to the side of the box.
  • Contact DEHS to remove when the box is full.

Questions regarding chemical waste issues may be addressed to EHS or call 831-8475.