About Rochester Silver Works

RSW Refinery
RSW Refinery
Our History

Once the silver department of Eastman Kodak Company, when Rochester Silver Works, LLC (RSW) opened it's doors as a private company in 2011, it already had nearly 100 years of experience to it's credit. All 55 highly skilled Kodak employees from the department stayed on board, bringing with them years of expertise, and a combined background in key products and services that is unequaled in the industry. 

RSW has an expert staff of chemists, engineers, analytical technicians, operators and administrative personnel experienced in handling all forms of silver and film based materials for refining and recycling. RSW also retained a state of the art  manufacturing site which covers 10 acres of land and all necessary automated equipment.    

In our first three years as RSW we have added shucking (sorting) services, silver oxide  production and several new refining streams to our portfolio.

Rochester Silver Works Group Photo
Rochester Silver Works Group Photo
Once the heart of a photographic giant, Rochester Silver Works' history is built upon over 90 years of silver recycling excellence.
Our Team

Meet the RSW Leadership Team. The expertise and experience of this group is unequaled in the industry. 

Many of our leaders are Lean Six Sigma Black Belts. They understand that the customer is most important and that they are here to serve you. Use our Contact Us form and let us know how we can help!


RSW Careers are challenging, rewarding and full of opportunities for growth. Are you a top talent? Are you looking for a new challenge? RSW is an equal opportunity employer.    

There are no open positions at this time. Please check back later to see what interesting opportunities may become available at Rochester Silver Works.


Corporate Responsibility

Rochester Silver Works, LLC (RSW) builds upon nearly a century-old philosophy of recycling both hazardous and non-hazardous materials.  This recycling concept was initiated by Eastman Kodak Company for its manufacturing scrap and by-products in the early years of the 20th Century. RSW continues to practice this responsible industrial-scale recycling philosophy. 

RSW’s efforts avoid discards of millions of pounds of plastics and precious metals to landfills each year. Instead, over 95% of plastic and 99.9% of silver bearing materials received at RSW are re-worked and re-used as raw materials for new products. Most materials to RSW are processed and forwarded for use in approximately 30 days. RSW also applies a stringent manufacturing code of conduct that ensures production personnel safety and operational excellence.

We also seek to conduct our business in a way that minimizes any negative impact on the natural environment. Environmental responsibility is integrated into our strategic planning, management systems and day-to-day operations. Key environmental parameters are routinely monitored by state and federal authorities.

Certifications & Affiliations

RSW knows the importance of being the best of the best. With that in mind, we choose to connect with and be apart of those institutions that can help us grow as an organization. Visit the sites of our partners and get to know them. They are the best of the best in the industry.


The International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) is the largest and most well known association focused on precious metals in the world. IPMI is an international association of producers, refiners, fabricators, scientists, users, financial institutions, merchants, private and public sector groups, and the general precious metals community formed to provide a forum for the exchange of information and technology. IPMI seeks and promotes the efficient and environmentally sound use, reuse, and recycling of precious metals from both primary and secondary sources.



NAID® is the international trade association for companies providing information destruction services. Suppliers of products, equipment and services to destruction companies are also eligible for membership. NAID's mission is to promote the information destruction industry and the standards and ethics of its member companies.




The Silver Users Association is a non-profit organization that was established in 1947 to represent the interests of companies that make, sell and distribute products and services in which silver is an essential component.

Contact Us

Thank you for visiting our Web site! Do you have a need or questions about film recycling, silver refining or silver chemicals? We are here to help. You can contact one of our experts, ask us about a plant tour or simply fill out our contact form. We will get back to you right away. We also have a list of frequently asked questions that can help.