The keys to pollution prevention in the printing industry are material substitution, ink recycling, and minimization of changeover. Below are some recommendations for good operating practices.
Benefits of water based inks and cleaning agents:
- Reduce solvent emissions by 80% or more.
- Reduce toxicity of liquid and gaseous wastes by approximately 90%.
- Wastes that were previously classified as hazardous can be recycled or disposed of as nonhazardous, thus saving disposal costs.
- There is no difference in raw material costs for inks and cleaners, productivity may increase, no capital expenditures are required, insurance costs may decrease and nondisposable wiping materials provide a savings.
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The Virginia Office of Small Business Assistance would like to thank the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Pollution Prevention Unit for the use of this fact sheet. The information for this fact sheet was obtained in part from Ink and Cleaner Waste Reduction Evaluation for Flexographic Printers EPA/600/SR-93/086 July'93