Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Printing and Journalism


The first objective of this investigation is to alert the graphic arts industry to important problems now facing those who use photographic materials, and to show the importance of silver recovery as an effective means of solving these current problems. Another objective of this study is to explain the several silver recovery processes so that the potential buyer of silver recovery equipment may understand exactly how each process works. This area of study would also explain where silver is to be found; how a firm can estimate its potential savings from silver recovery, and how a firm can determine the silver recovery method best suited for its particular plant. Also included in the study would be the different applications of silver recovery equipment and the advantages and disadvantages of each. The final objective of this study is to supply those firms considering the installation of silver recovery equipment with comprehensive information on many different brands and models of silver recovery equipment now available.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Photography -- Wastes, Recovery of.
Graphic arts -- Equipment and supplies.
Graphic arts equipment industry.



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South Dakota State University