F.A.Q. Photo Chemicals
The MCMUA operates one of NJ's most comprehensive household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. This F.A.Q. page and information on hazardous materials is intended as a guide about HHW materials as well as the MCMUA's HHW program. This information is a general guide and does not constitute official rule, regulation or law.
Hazardous Waste Materials
- Appliances (CFCs)
- Art & Crafts
- Batteries (Auto & Boat)
- Batteries, Household (dry cell)
- Cell Phones
- Compressed Gas Cylinders
- Driveway Sealer
- Fire Extinguishers
- Medical Waste
- Motor Oil & Filters
- Muriatic Acid (HCl)
- Paints & Stains
- Photo Chemicals
- Pool Chemicals
- Rock Salt
- Smoke Detectors
- Wood (Treated)
- Wood with Lead Paint
- Silver may be found in significant concentrations in fixer solution. Silver is a toxic contaminant that can disturb the biological action of a sewage treatment plant and harm aquatic life such as fish and other organisms.
- Some fixer solutions are corrosive and can burn skin and eyes.
Some individuals are allergic to sulphites in photoprocessing solutions.
- Protect eyes from splashes and skin from direct contact.
- Store solutions in plastic buckets or bottles. Keep containers tightly closed when not in use.
- Clearly label containers with the contents.
- Store materials in a secure area that is locked and out of reach of children.
Keep dark room ventilated when using photographic chemicals.
- Photographic waste liquids should NOT be poured down the drain if connected to a septic system.
- In sewered areas, developer and rinse solutions may be poured down the drain, but first check with your local sewerage authority for confirmation.
- Some local photo processing businesses may accept silver bearing fixer waste for recycling and management.
Take spent fixer solutions to a HHW collection or commercial hazardous waste facility.