The average cost of cadmium is $12 per pound. Cadmium (Cd) is a component of some of the lowest melting alloys. Cadmium and solutions of its compounds are toxic so it has to be handled with adequate care. It is used extensively in electroplating that accounts for about 60% of its total use. Cadmium is also utilized in many types of solder and as a barrier to control nuclear fission. Cadmium compounds are used in black and white television phosphors and in blue and green phosphors for color television tubes. Cadmium forms a number of salts and sulfate is the most common of it and is used as a yellow pigment.