Q) Can I hedge silver?
A) Yes, you can hedge your silver equivalent any time after receipt of material at Tetra up to the date of payment by notifying us prior to 11am eastern of the day you wish to hedge.
Q) Can I get silver back instead of payment?
A) Yes, we will gladly send the silver to our silver refiner and you can set up an account with them to get back silver in any form they provide from shot to silver stamped bars.
Q) What are Tetra’s standard processing charges and terms for recycling silver bearing films?
A) Tetra pays 98% silver accountability on silver bearing films and settles 30 days from receipt at our facility. Transportation is the responsibility of the Customer, however Tetra can arrange and deduct from the final settlement. Our standard processing charges and credits are as follows:
Medical - $0.40 / net lb (assays below 0.0825 are treated as Dryview)
Dryview & Lithographic - $0.42 / net lb
Industrial - $0.44/ net lb
Smelting Fee - $1.00 / toz recovered
Shucking Fee - $0.08 / net lb of film out of jackets (not on the paper wt)
PET Credit - If the film is recyclable and can be sold then a credit
of 90% x net wt of PET x the current market
Q) Does Tetra handle low grade burnable materials?
A) Yes, Tetra does handle low grade burnables such as wet films, shredded films with paper, cine & 35mm films on reels, etc. Tetra pays 97% silver accountability on this material and settles 45 days from receipt at our facility.Our standard processing charges are as follows: (Customers pays the transportation as mentioned above)
Material Charge - $0.40 / net lb received
Smelting Charge - $2.00/ net lb of ash recovered from the burning
Q) How much silver is in films?
A) It depends on the type of films you have and the exposure amount of the film. Here are some average ranges based on assays to give you a guideline:
|Medical X-Ray Films
|1979 to 1982
||0.14 to 0.16 toz/lb
||~ 0.090 toz/lb
|1982 to 1990
||0.11 to 0.14 toz/lb
||~ 0.080 toz/lb
|1990 and up
||0.08 to 0.11 toz/lb
||~ 0.065 toz/lb
|Dark Room Scrap
||0.06 to 0.08 toz/lb
||~ 0.040 toz/lb
|Scans, dental, MRI, etc.
||0.05 to 0.08 toz/lb
||0.02 to 0.05 toz/lb
||0.23 to 0.35 toz/lb
|Virgin Medical (unused)
||0.14 to 0.20 toz/lb
||0.30 to 0.42 toz/lb
||0.15 to 0.22 toz/lb
||Virgin Litho (unused)
||0.26 to 0.30 toz/lb