X-Rays Hazardous Waste See Alternatives Illegal in Garbage or Drains National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 28, 2018 More Info Get Reminder Find out what to do with hazardous waste Don't Place in Trash X-ray film is coated in silver and PET plastic, which can leach into waterways if placed in a landfill. Silver is known to damage the skin, lungs, and eyes. X-ray film also contains personal information that you might want to keep private, so do not place X-rays in the trash. Alternative Ways to Recycle Take Back to the Doctor Ask your doctor or hospital whether they will take back unwanted X-ray films. Most hospitals have a regular X-ray disposal system or outside recycler, in order to help protect patient privacy. Mail to X-Ray Recycling Companies Mail in any unwanted X-ray films to B.W. Recycling, Inc. Find out how to mail in your X-ray films.