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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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A Dry Idea
Abstract: Hard Copy Publication. This article describes the implementation of a waste solvent recovery system at Transcontinental Printing RBW Graphics in Ontario, Canada. Shop Towel On site Recycling (STOR,developed by Omega Recycling Technologies), is an integrated system that uses the production process? own solvent to clean shop towels for reuse and purifying the excess solvent also for reuse. Use of STOR has resulted in a net cost savings of $130,240 annually for RBW. Citation: Salerno, Cheryl. January 2002. A Dry Idea. CleanTech, 2(1): 26-29. Consult your local library for availability or for interlibrary loan information. This article is also available (with a username and password) at http://www.cleantechcentral.com/article_index.cfm?article=574. Free registration on the CleanTech web site is required to obtain a username and password.
Source: CleanTech magazine; Author: Cheryl Salerno
A Field Guide: Eco-Friendly, Efficient and Effective Print, 2nd Edition
Abstract: Monadnock Paper Mills has released the second edition of a how-to guide for creating more sustainable print materials. A Field Guide: Eco-Friendly, Efficient and Effective Print points out alternatives for design decisions that support sustainability. New information in the second edition includes a full chapter dedicated to packaging, an expanded section on energy and emissions, and an overview of the various environmental programs, logos, and terminology that many paper mills use in their product literature today. Sections of the guide include: Paper; Production; Inks; Printing; Finishing; Packaging; Checklist; Reference; and A Commitment Today. The guide is available for download at the URL listed here (PDF Format; Length: 20 pages). The guide may also be ordered at www.mpm.com/info.
Source: Monadnock Paper Mills
Alternatives to Petroleum and Solvent-Based Inks [PDF]
Abstract: Fact sheet offers alternative suggestions to petroleum based inks.
Source: Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute
American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
Abstract: AIGA, the professional association for design, is committed to furthering excellence in design as a broadly-defined discipline, strategic tool for business and cultural force. AIGA is the place design professionals turn to first to exchange ideas and information, participate in critical analysis and research and advance education and ethical practice.
Source: American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
Blanket Wash Solutions for Small Printers
DfE Cleaner Technologies Substitutes Assessment: Methodology and Resource Guide
Abstract: Presents the methods and resources needed to conduct Cleaner Technologies Substitutes Assessment (CTSA), a method for evaluating the comparative risk, performance, cost, and P2 benefits of alternatives to chemicals currently in use.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Design for the Environment Program
Abstract: Advice on using a company's positive environmental changes to attract customers.
Source: MT State University
Facts About Paper Used in Commercial Printing
Abstract: Discussion of paper types (recycled vs. post consumer content). Includes statistics.
Source: Montana State University
Federal Environmental Regulations Potentially Affecting the Printing Industry [PDF]
Abstract: The study provides an overview of regulations affecting the commercial printing industry.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Design for the Environment Project
Graphic Communications Association
Abstract: Association dedicated to development and application of new technologies, standards, and management methods
Source: Graphic Communications Association
Graphic Impressions Magazine
Abstract: Publication offering regional news and trends in the graphic arts and printing industries.
Source: Graphic Impressions Magazine
Guide for Reducing Air Pollution from Printing
Abstract: A guidebook designed to assist small printing facilities prevent pollution at its source. The reduction practices focus on lithographic printers, the largest sector of the graphic industry.
Source: Maricopa County Small Business Assistance Program
Hazardous Waste Generated By The Printing Industry
Abstract: Introduces a hazardous waste audit study for the commercial printing industry.
Source: CA Dept. of Health Services Toxic Substances Control Program Alt. Technology Division
How to Manage Silver Bearing Hazardous Wastes [PDF]
Abstract: Guide book on the regulatory requirements for silver-bearing hazardous wastes (from pre-press operations at printing facilities).
Source: Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet
How to Read and Use an MSDS for Environmental Purposes
Abstract: Fact sheet offers basic information contained within an MSDS form.
In-Plant Graphics Magazine
Abstract: Publication dedicated to in-plant management with news, editorials and new technology information
Source: In-Plant Graphics Magazine
International Association of Printing House Craftsmen
Abstract: Organization dedicated to the printing and graphic arts industry for self development, company success, and the enhancement of the industry
Source: International Association of Printing House Craftsmen
International Publishing Management Association
Abstract: Association for in-house professionals providing graphic design, page layout, copy, print, mail and distribution services to their enterprise
Source: International Publishing Management Association
Management of Leased Shop Towels [PDF]
Abstract: Guidelines to follow for managing soiled shop towels
Source: North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance
McNaughton & Gunn, Inc., Saline, MI : Book Printer Reduces Waste at the Source [PDF]
Abstract: Source reduction study with elimination of hazardous and solid wastes
Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Mitchell Graphics Inc. Digital Pre-press Reduces Waste at the Source [PDF]
Abstract: Case study report on replacing pre-press equipment resulting in reduced waste.
Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
National Association for Printing Leadership
Abstract: Association dedicated to sales and marketing, human resource management, operations and technology as well as financial management
Source: National Association for Printing Leadership
National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM)
Abstract: Association that provides direction to management in regulations and regulatory compliance related to printing inks.
National Soy Ink Information Center
Abstract: Information clearinghouse and resource center for soy ink manufacturers and users of soy based inks.
Source: National Soy Ink Information Center
Newspaper Association of America
Abstract: Association represents newspaper printers, provides information and research for national impacts effecting the newspaper and publishing industry. Environmental and safety compliance information available.
Pollution Prevention for the Printing Industry [PDF]
Abstract: Provides an overview of printing industry processes and identifies pollution prevention opportunities.
Source: Research Triangle Institute
Pollution Prevention Self-Assessment
Abstract: Pollution prevention self-assessment checklist.
Printer's One Plan Approach to the OSHA Hazard Communication Program, the EPA Emergency Response Plan, and the EPA Risk Management Plan
Abstract: Fact sheet discusses and explains elements in the OSHA Hazard Communication Program
Printers Protecting the Environment [PDF]
Abstract: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection compliance assistance workbook for the printing industry, particularly offset lithographers.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Printing Impressions Magazine
Abstract: Publication with news, federal news and articles on new technologies and industry trends
Source: Printing Impressions Magazine
Printing Industries of America (PIA)/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF)
Abstract: Source for technical and management solutions, research, training, and environmental and safety compliance information.
Printing Process Descriptions - Overview
Abstract: Printing process flow diagrams for flexography, lithography, gravure, letterpress, plateless, postpress and screen printing.
Abstract: Regulatory guidance regarding waste water, storm water, hazardous waste, and air requirements
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Common Sense Initiative
RCRA in Focus: The Printing Industry [PDF]
Abstract: Handbook offers basic record keeping information for EPA, RCRA and OSHA
RCRA Record keeping for Printers
Abstract: Fact sheet on how to determine if your RCRA required records are in order
Small Business Waste Reduction Guide Lithographic Printing Waste Reduction Case Study #2 : Heartland Litho; Madison, Wisconsin [PDF]
Abstract: Reduction of large volume solid and hazardous wastes and disposal costs. Waste products include paper trimmings, darkroom materials (photoprocessing chemicals), cleaning fluids, ink, and printing plates.
Source: University of Wisconsin-Extension, Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center
Small Business Waste Reduction Guide: Lithography, Flexography, Gravure, or Letterpress Printing Tip Sheet #1 [PDF]
Abstract: Tips to reduce damaged printing plates, developed film, and outdated materials. Part of SHWEC's Small Business Waste Reduction Guide.
Source: University of Wisconsin-Extension, Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center and Small Business Development Center
Understanding [printer?s] Air Pollution Permits
Abstract: Fact sheet discusses revisions to air pollution permitting requirements
Waterless Printing Association
Abstract: Waterless printing technology information.
What are VOC's and Do Printing Related Materials Contain Them
Abstract: Offers tips where VOC contents can be found in printing products and supplies.
Working with Suppliers
Abstract: The first contact for assistance is typically the supplier. This fact sheet provides advice on what questions to ask and answers to look for.
Source: MT State University
Workplace Practices Make a Difference
Abstract: In plant activities that reduce chemical usage
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Design for the Environment Project