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.  There is an additional cost to get .999 fine silver back.  

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 - $0.45 / net lb (assays below 0.0825 are treated as Dryview)
                             Dryview & Lithographic - $0.50 / net lb
                             Industrial - $0.55/ net lb
                             Smelting Fee - $1.25/ toz recovered
                             Shucking Fee - $0.10 / net lb of film out of jackets
(not on the paper wt)

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 - $0.50 / 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, however assays can be on either side of these ranges:

Medical X-Ray Films Thermal Films
1979 to 1982 ~ 0.14 to 0.16 toz/lb Kodak ~ 0.080 toz/lb
1982 to 1990 ~ 0.11 to 0.14 toz/lb Konica ~ 0.070 toz/lb
1990 and up ~ 0.08 to 0.11 toz/lb Fuji ~ 0.060 toz/lb
Dark Room Scrap ~ 0.05 to 0.08 toz/lb Agfa ~ 0.030 toz/lb
Scans, dental, MRI, etc. ~ 0.05 to 0.07 toz/lb Industrial Films
Cinegraphic film ~ 0.02 to 0.05 toz/lb Single Sided ~ 0.23 to 0.35 toz/lb
Virgin Medical (unused) ~ 0.12 to 0.18 toz/lb Double Sided ~ 0.30 to 0.42 toz/lb
Lithographic Films    
Newspaper ~ 0.15 to 0.22 toz/lb Virgin Litho (unused) ~ 0.26 to 0.30 toz/lb


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