11 Mar How do I recycle an empty film pack?
Unfortunately, we can’t reuse or recycle empty film cartridges on your behalf – sorry!
Please carefully dispose of your empty film cartridges as per the law in your local area. Keep in mind that our film packs for vintage Polaroid cameras (600, SX-70 and Spectra) contain a lithium-ion battery inside the film pack.
This may mean that you need to dispose of the plastic cassette, the metal spring and the lithium-ion battery all separately. If this is the case for you, then please follow our guide on how to safely dismantle and separate your empty film cartridge below.
Be sure to tape over the silver electrical contacts on the battery with duct tape (or similar) to prevent dangerous electrical conductivity.
Here are the instructions to recycle your empty Polaroid film pack:
- Crush the opening of the film pack (where the film comes out) with your thumbs to create a larger opening
- Remove the spring – carefully! Some of the edges are pretty sharp.
- Remove the battery – and cover the electrical contacts with tape immediately.
- Dispose of the plastic cassette, metal spring and lithium-ion battery separately. Note: You can dispose of batteries in most stores that sell them, as well as big box stores, supermarkets, town halls, schools and libraries. Your local government authority will have information available to help find the best place for you.
If you are at all uncertain about this process, please get in touch with our Customer Support team directly and, we’ll guide you through the dismantling procedure safely.