Recycling X-ray films - safely, efficiently and environmentally consciously

We recycle your X-ray films in a completely closed disposal process. For this, we use our own certified recycling facility in Rhede, Germany. For safe transport or shipment of your X-ray images, we support you with know-how and experience.

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Recycling X-ray films

Made in Germany

We specialise in the recycling of X-ray films in accordance with the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We are active throughout Germany and Europe for our customers in medicine, trade, industry and commerce. We adapt our services to your wishes. Whether small or large quantities - we offer the right disposal solution for all X-ray film quantities and types.

Outside Europe, we assist you with our know-how gained from projects already realised in Africa and Asia. We also lay the foundations for door-to-door shipments with our network of transport service providers. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

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In-house recycling plant

As a certified specialist disposal company, we operate our own certified recycling facility for X-ray images (protection class 1 to 3-, security levels P7, F7, P4) in Rhede, North Rhine-Westphalia. Here we dispose of X-ray films from human and veterinary practices and clinics, digitizers, archives, companies from industry and materials testing as well as from X-ray film collectors in accordance with the highest data protection and security standards.

Certified data protection

In the recycling process, we comply with the EU Basic Data Protection Regulation. Our employees are security-checked and obliged to maintain confidentiality in accordance with § 203 of the German Criminal Code (StGB). Our GPS-monitored special vehicles, data security containers (DSB), business premises and facilities meet all data protection requirements. We are certified for our data protection concept according to DIN SPEC 66399-3 / ISO/IEC 21964.

Our costumers

Convincing with safety

Dipl.-Ing. Nicole Ahrens, Klima- und Umweltbeauftragte der Heidekreis-Klinikum gGmbH (Foto: Marielle Wegener, Heidekreis-Klinikum)
Dipl.-Ing. Nicole Ahrens
Climate and Environmental Officer of Heidekreis-Klinikum gGmbH

"Through a series of measures, we want to reduce the consumption of resources, energy and materials at our two sites in Soltau and Walsrode in order to save as many CO2 emissions as possible. One of the measures is the recycling of X-ray images. Here we have a competent partner at our side in Schmidt + Kampshoff. In addition to the professional and data-protection-compliant disposal, Schmidt + Kampshoff also supports us in new projects: Recently, a data security container has been placed in our entrance areas, which patients can use to dispose of their old X-ray images in a data-secure and environmentally friendly manner."

Heike König
Bayreuth Hospital, Head of Division - GB 7, Service

"Bayreuth Medical Center attaches great importance to the protection of personal data, especially patient data. We dispose of X-ray images that are no longer to be stored, in accordance with the requirements of the Bavarian Data Protection Act (BayDSG), taking special safety precautions. In Schmidt + Kampshoff we have found a disposal partner who meets our high data protection requirements and disposes of the X-ray films according to the criteria of protection class 3. From collection to accompanied transport to the processing plant to on-site supervision of the recycling process, Schmidt + Kampshoff guarantees a smooth process."

Dr. Sabine Zimmermann-Kuhn (Foto: Kleintierpraxis Zimmermann-Kuhn)
Dr. Sabine Zimmermann-Kuhn
Head veterinarian, Leipzig

"We have switched to digital X-rays for a few years now. Due to the 10-year retention period, a large number of X-ray films accumulated with the previously analogue system, which are now sorted out annually. The X-ray film box has sufficient capacity for a year's worth of films, is very easy to stack and, due to the secure seal, data protection remains guaranteed."


Schmidt + Kampshoff can look back on over 30 years of experience in X-ray film recycling.

3000 t

We recycle over 3000 tonnes of X-ray film per year in our own certified plant in Rhede, North Rhine-Westphalia.


Over 5000 satisfied customers per year entrust Schmidt + Kampshoff with the professional disposal of their X-rays.

Current topics

Only properly stored X-rays can be recycled

Moisture is the number one enemy in archives. Patient-related documentation can be damaged by this. According to Article 5 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), measures must be taken against this.

In the case of X-ray images, damage is even more serious: once they have become damp, X-ray images can no longer be recycled, they have to be incinerated - the valuable substances they contain are largely lost and cannot be reimbursed.

Since the obligation to recycle in accordance with data protection regulations also applies to damaged and faulty X-ray images, Schmidt + Kampshoff has also developed a solution for this.

Contact us if you would like to dispose of X-ray images that have been damaged or otherwise destroyed by moisture, flooding or burst pipes.

You can currently read how to avoid damage from the outset and how to safely and correctly store patient files with silver-containing X-ray films on the knowledge platform "Safely dispose of X-ray films" initiated by Schmidt + Kampshoff.

An overview with all the important tips on archive management can be downloaded and printed out free of charge here.


Online guide

Always up to date

Read the latest news on archiving, disposal and recycling of X-ray films and patient records on the online guide initiated by Schmidt + Kampshoff.

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