How to Responsibly Dispose of X-Rays

A CT scan and X-ray machine.

X-rays are a common medical imaging technique used to diagnose and monitor various medical conditions. However, it is important to dispose of X-rays properly to prevent them from ending up in the landfill and potentially harming the environment.

Here are some responsible methods for disposing of X-rays:

  • Recycling: Some recycling facilities accept X-rays for recycling. They separate the film from the plastic and recover the silver content in the film. Contact your local recycling facility to inquire if they accept X-rays.
  • Medical facilities: Many medical facilities have specific processes for the proper disposal of X-rays. Check with your local hospital or clinic to see if they have a program in place for recycling or disposing of X-rays.
  • Shredding services: There are shredding services that specialize in the secure destruction of sensitive documents, including X-rays. These services ensure the confidentiality of your personal information and properly dispose of the X-rays.

It is important to note that X-rays contain silver, which is a valuable and often recoverable resource. Therefore, recycling or proper disposal methods not only help avoid the landfill but also contribute to the recovery of valuable materials.