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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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A Pollution Prevention Guide for the Printing Industry
Abstract: This Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) fact sheet provides basic pollution prevention information for printers, including suggestions for reducing common wastes, such as silver, inks, solvents, waste from process baths, rags and wipes and other wastes. Also includes contacts for further assistance for Delaware businesses.
Source: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)
Anilox Cleaning Systems: Preserving Roll Life [PDF]
Abstract: Written by Stan Seelig, this article describes alternative cleaning systems for anilox rolls. These alternatives will extend roll life, and are also more environmentally friendly. (PDF Format; Length: 6 pages)
Source: FLEXO Magazine
Cleaning Anilox Rollers [PDF]
Abstract: Describes alternative cleaning methods for anilox rollers and outlines the regulatory concerns associated with using solvents for cleaning. (PDF Format; Length: 5 pages)
Source: Printers? National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
Ink and Cleaner Waste Reduction Evaluation for Flexographic Printers [PDF]
Abstract: Describes the technical and economic efforts incurred by a flexographic label printing company that changed the type of ink and cleaning agent used in its print shop. The changes were incurred as the best way to eliminate all hazardous materials. (PDF Format; Length: 43 pages)
Source: IL Waste Management and Research Center
Inside Flexo: A Cleaner Run for the Money
Abstract: Twenty-minute video developed for the Design for the Environment Project that provides flexographic printers with tips on how to address environmental concerns while improving the bottom line. Information on how to order a free copy is included.
Source: U.S. EPA/Design for Environment
Solvent Elimination by Off Press Cleaning with CO2
Abstract: This case study describes how a flexographic packaging printer eliminated the use of solvents in cleaning removable press components by switching to carbon dioxide blasting.
Source: Georgia Department of Natural Resources Pollution Prevention Assistance Division
Toxics Use Reduction Case Study: Water & Ink Waste Reduction at F.C. Meyer Company
Abstract: A cardboard box manufacturer and printer has trained its employees in "good housekeeping" practices and significantly reduced ink wastes and wastewater generated when cleaning the printing presses.
Source: MA Office of Technical Assistance
Use of Plastic Blast Media to Clean Press Parts
Abstract: Written by Dale Patterson, this article describes how Alliance Packing of Sacramento, CA switched to plastic blast media to clean ink pumps, pans and other press components, resulting in both environmental and monetary benefits.
Source: PNEAC/FLEXO Magazine
Waste and Cost Reduction Techniques for Small Parts Cleaners [PDF]
Abstract: Information on waste & cost reduction, alternative solvents, and alternative parts cleaners. (PDF Format; Length: 6 pages)
Source: North Carolina Dept. of Environment, Health & Natural Resources