New Life For Old Photo Equipment


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Gerry Wagman, owner of Verona Camera and recycler extraordinaire.

Gerry Wagman doesn’t call his Bloomfield Avenue business Verona Camera & Recycling, but maybe he should.

I dropped in there this morning to find out what was wrong with the camera I use to take many of the pictures for MyVeronaNJ. After the diagnosis–cracked screen–we talked about options with less shutter lag and better power use, since the old camera sucked down batteries like kids guzzling soda at an amusement park. “I recycle a lot of camera batteries,” Wagman offered. And then I learned how much: Thirty or 40 pounds of batteries a month, all brought in by customers.

But that’s not all. Wagman also has recycling set up at Verona Camera for disposable cameras, digital cameras, photo printer ink cartridges and even plastic film containers, which he says are prized by painters and scout troops for projects. He recycles so much that he won an award from Commodity Resource & Environmental Inc., a California-based company that got its start by recovering silver by-products from photo processing work.

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Just thought you might want to know.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


  1. I purchased digital cameras for myself and my children. Gerry took the time to explain how the cameras worked and he continues to patiently answer all my questions. He is more than happy to share his passion for and knowledge of photography.

  2. And he’s also amazing at rescuing old, like hundred years old, photos. Even if they are cracked, yellowed with chemical spots and wrinkled, Gerry can work magic and save your memories!


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