Figure 7 Solubilities of metal hydroxides and metal sulfides. (Courtesy of USEPA.)
wants to reuse the company's fixer or bleach-fix, how much the company wants to spend for recovery equipment, and what the environmental concerns are, such as how strict the effluent discharge limits are. Just considering these factors makes choosing a silver recovery method very much an individual decision for each company.
Table 6 summarizes the silver removal efficiencies of the various process methods identified above. The silver concentration that can be discharged to a treatment plant or to a receiving body of water is often regulated even though silver in photographic effluent is in a form
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