From: B.Hamilton@irl.cri.nz (Bruce Hamilton)
Subject: Re: Environmental impact of PCB Etchant (FeCl3?)
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 1996 05:52:54 GMT
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>
email@example.com (David Kammeyer) writes:
>I have recently taken an interest in electronics, and am about to transfer
>some of my designs from breadboards to PCBs. I recently purchased an
>etching kit, including a ~.4l bottle of Ferrus Chloride (?). I have heard
>that this is bad to put down the drain. Can someone tell me the impact of
>this chemical and how best to dispose of it, and what my alternatives are?
>If it matters, this is far from a high volume operation. I will proably be
>etching less than 5 small boards per month, for a possible total volume of
>5l or so per year.
I used to prepare a ferric chloride etchant for our electronics people, but
it used to die fairly quickly, even just on storage.
Then I found a recipe on Usenet several years ago, and they have used
that successfully since. The original recipe was 250 ml of 5% hydrogen
peroxide in water is carefully mixed with 50 ml of concentrated hydrochloric
acid. Use fresh and warm slightly if necessary. I changed the concentrations
so they could use equal volumes, thus reducing the acid fumes from the
concentrated HCl ( although increasing the H2O2 concentration probably
had some disadvantages.