The silver in your waste fluids is worth more than ever

Nick Dean – MD of silver recovery specialists, Metafix (UK) – believes every cloud has a silver lining, and the soaring cost of silver-based materials in the photo industry is no exception. Although at one end, manufacturers of photo film and paper are having to increase prices, there’s a windfall to be picked up at the other, by develop and print businesses.

The price of silver on world metal exchanges has risen steadily during this global economic downturn, reaching a peak of £946 per Kilo so far this year, and averaging £775 per Kilo for the last three months – that’s almost twice the 2008 figure of £392. That’s such a large increase, it means that -- even for businesses with less silver in their chemistry, or those planning to leave wet process eventually– it still makes economic sense to switch from store & haul-away waste processing now.

Nick Dean says switching to one of Metafix’s on-site Micro-e cartridge systems for silver recovery can give payback of investment in 12 months. No more storing containers of waste chemicals in-store, no more paying for expensive and inconvenient haul-away -- just use a Metafix Micro-e to remove the silver from waste fluids, down to levels well below the regulatory maximum for discharge to drain. There’s a model of Micro-e to suit each business type, and Metafix’s clear, itemised statements – trusted by companies like Tesco and ASDA -- will let you know exactly the assay value of each cartridge you return, and the breakdown of costs and charges to be deducted from it. You’ll be a winner!

To find out more, call Metafix today on 01933 461 907 or visit