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Is this what people actually do? I mean I'm aware I could neutralize them, but Cu is still going to be in there and I still can't pour this stuff down the drain. Then there's ferric chloride which is just nasty stuff that will likely stain everything it comes in contact with. I just want to get rid of it in a fully environmentally safe way.



I'm not sure it is economical, but I had some Sodium Persulfate etchant that was full of copper and accidentally dropped a piece of steel in it. The copper plated onto the steel almost instantly. You could probably use iron filings (or some metal that won't dissolve in your acid) to pull most of the copper out of the acid, and then neutralize. I'm not sure what you would do with the solid copper after that. It might take some effort to get a system that was reliable and economical, but the basic idea of precipitating out the copper before neutralization should work.


I don't think it's hard. My high school chemistry teacher did this, reusing the same copper every year. (I dont remember the details though)


Don't ask me, I don't know, as I'm asking the same question. I'm waiting for some answers to my question: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20659004




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