Recycling – effective processes guarantee optimum use of resources

Here are some examples which illustrate the successes of production-integrated environmental protection:
Harrier recycles up to 80 %of the photo chemicals that are used for the development of photographic paper & film.
Silver is a very welcomed by-product; silver is recovered chemically by third party contractors who process the waste mix from the development of film and photographic paper.

The waste water quantity per square metre of developed photographic paper was reduced by up to 50 % during the past eight years. This process which saves natural resources enables Harrier the consistent use of low-friction machine technology, the maximising of counter-current cascade effect, the concentration of processes on fewer locations, and the discontinuation of the final rinse in favour of the stabilising bath and its disposal in our film processing facilities.

Harrier collects rainwater falling on the main roof in its Newton Abbot facility and uses this water in its photograph production processes in preference to drawing water from mains suppliers thus reducing water demands of the business.
All relevant waste water values are constantly monitored by Harrier’s own central QC laboratory.  In addition, samples from the developing baths are analysed in this laboratory. Apart from the matching of this analytic process control to the sensitometric process control, recipes for all recycling processes are calculated.

Consequent recycling reduces the volume of waste. Particularly in the area of waste management channels for the utilisation of refuse are selected. The largest volume of waste stems from the printing area and consists of high quality paper. By strict separation from cardboard waste it can be very well recycled and sold.

For many years now Harrier has been recycling the bodies of the so-called single use cameras
Harrier are reviewing all waste streams, the purpose of which is to identify best practice for the management, control and segregation of waste materials. We believe the project will lead to a 90% reduction in landfill with this waste instead being recycled.