Photographic development and the environment
Name: Doug Wilkinson
What effect does film development and paper printing have on environment?
it detrimental to the point of doing ecological damage?
Good question, especially if you develop your own photos. Two books may help
answer the question: "Health Hazards for Photographers," 1992 by S. Rempel;
and "Over Exposure: Health Hazards in Photography" by S. Shaw, 1991. The
only thing I could find on pollution control was a draft EPA regulation for
the photo processing industry that was issued in 1980, so at least someone is
paying attention to the problem. You could probably find out more about how
to dispose of hazardous household chemicals by calling your city's sanitation
department or your state department of environment or natural resources.
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Update: June 2012