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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
NOTE: [PDF] links require Acrobat Reader from Adobe.

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_?article=574. Free registration on the CleanTech web site is required to obtain a username and password.
Source: CleanTech magazine; Author: Cheryl Salerno
URL:

A Worksheet to Help You Choose a Better Blanket Wash
Abstract: Alternative blanket wash solution comparison tool
Source: EPA DfE
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/lithography/bulletins/b
ullet04/lbulletin4.html

Alcohol-Free Printing [PDF]
Abstract: Overview of offset printing dampening system and tips on how to switch from high VOC dampening solution
Source: Graphic Arts Technical Foundation
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/litho/alcoholfreeprinting.pdf

Alternatives to Petroleum and Solvent-Based Inks [PDF]
Abstract: Fact sheet offers alternative suggestions to petroleum based inks.
Source: Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/02/01504.pdf

Benchmark Life-Cycle Inventory and Impact Assessment of Sheet-fed Printing System Using Soy Based Ink
Abstract: Written by Duane A. Tolle, David P. Evers, and Bruce W. Vigon, this report discusses a study which was performed to document the life-cycle environmental impact characteristics associated with the use of soy-based inks by evaluating a typical ("generic") soy-based ink currently used in significant quantities for sheetfed printing. This typical soy-based ink printing system serves as a benchmark for future comparison with alternative ink formulations and other combinations of printing system materials. The life-cycle impact assessment (LCIA) included identification of specific processes in the streamlined life-cycle (core operations associated with material acquisition, manufacture, use, and disposal) of soy-based ink for sheetfed offset lithographic printing that make the greatest contribution to the overall environmental profile for the baseline soy ink printing system selected. The intent was to identify processes that could be modified to make reductions in environmental impact, thereby enhancing soy-based ink printing as an environmentally preferable choice. It should be noted that an LCIA is a hazard indicator system largely based on resource use and emission loading, and should not be construed to represent actual environmental impacts.
Source: Battelle
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/07/06767/

Blanket Wash Solutions for Small Printers
Abstract:
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/lithography/factsheet/i
ndex.htm

Cleaner Technologies Substitutes Assessment [PDF]
Abstract: Blanket wash chemistry alternative evaluation
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Design for the Environment Project
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/litho/litho.pdf

Compliance Issues for Lithographic Printers [PDF]
Abstract:
Source: PNEAC
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/litho/lithocomptable.pdf

CTSA Summary Booklet: Solutions for Lithographic Printers: An Evaluation of Substitute Blanket Washes [PDF]
Abstract:
Source: EPA DfE
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/litho/lithbkst.pdf

Elimination of Toxic Chemicals from Blanket Wash by a Lithographic Printer
Abstract: Case Study about a lithographic printer that eliminated TRI listed materials from the blanket wash.
Source: Graphic Arts Network
URL: http://www.p2ad.org/documents/ma_printing2.html

Fountain Solution Solutions
Abstract: A fact sheet on emission reduction through use of alternatives to isopropyl alcohol fountain solution additives; includes tips on how to make the switch
Source: Montana State University
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/litho/fountain.cfm

How to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Lithographic Ink Wastes [PDF]
Abstract: Fact sheet that discusses techniques increasing opportunities to prevent, reuse, and recycle waste ink
Source: PNEAC
URL: http://www.pneac.org/pdfs/InkRecycleS2_V2.pdf

Managing Solvents and Wipes
Abstract: Alternative solvents, implementing and reducing amount of solvent used
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Design for the Environment Project
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/lithography/case_studie
s/case1/lcasestudy1.html

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
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/litho/mitchellgraphics.pdf

Multimedia Compliance/Pollution Prevention Assessment Guidance for Lithographic Printing Facilities [PDF]
Abstract: Includes a multimedia assessment protocol that utilizes a process-based approach in which the inspector identifies noncompliance with any applicable media or program specific regulation (air, water, solid waste) as well as pollution prevention and innovative technology opportunities as part of the assessment of individual printing processes. This assessment protocol serves as a reference for the conduct of these assessments, and includes procedures, an assessment checklist, and an example assessment report. It focuses on lithographic printing facilities only, and addresses prepress (image processing and platemaking), press (makeready and printing), and postpress (finishing) operations. An overview of lithographic printing processes is contained in Section 1 of this guidance. (PDF Format; 91 pages)
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
URL: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/assista
nce/sectors/mulmedp2.pdf

On-Site Waste Ink Recycling [PDF]
Abstract: Discusses how to minimize ink waste by combining small amounts of inks into black ink.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/litho/onsiteinkrecycle.pdf

On-Site Waste Ink Recycling fact sheet [PDF]
Abstract: Addresses product quality, waste reduction, and economic issues with recycled ink
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/litho/onsiteinkrecycle.pdf

Pollution Prevention at Custom Print in HTML
Abstract: Overview discussion of the company's waste reduction and pollution prevention program and accomplishments
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Design for the Environment Project
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/lithography/case_studie
s/case2/lcasestudy2.html

Pollution Prevention Checklist and Strategies for the Lithographic Printing Industry [PDF]
Abstract: A checklist that highlights P2 strategies in the offset lithographic printing process.
Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
URL: http://www.deq.state.mi.us/documents/deq-ead-p2-migpp-gppp2c
k.pdf

Pollution Prevention Checklist for Lithographic Printers
Abstract: P2 checklist to perform P2 assessments
Source: PNEAC
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/litho/p2_cklist_litho.cfm

Pollution Prevention: Printing Inks [PDF]
Abstract: Discusses alternative products to high VOC printing inks
Source: Montana State University
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/litho/onsiteinkrecycle.pdf

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
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/04/03276.pdf

Printing Process Descriptions - Lithography Part 1
Abstract: Describes the offset lithographic printing process.
Source: Printer's National Environmental Assistance Center
URL: http://www.pneac.org/printprocesses/lithography/moreinfo1.cf
m

Printing Process Descriptions - Lithography Part 2
Abstract: Describes the three basic lithographic press designs: unit-design, common impression cylinder design, and blanket-to-blanket design.
Source: Printer's National Environmental Assistance Center
URL: http://www.pneac.org/printprocesses/lithography/moreinfo2.cf
m

Printing Process Descriptions - Overview
Abstract: Printing process flow diagrams for flexography, lithography, gravure, letterpress, plateless, postpress and screen printing.
Source: PNEAC
URL: http://www.pneac.org/printprocesses/general/

Reducing Heavy Metal Content in Offset Printing Inks [PDF]
Abstract: Ecoprint, a lithographiic print shop, created a commercial offset printing ink using pigments with no heavy metals.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/litho/reduceheavymetalinks.pdf

Reduction of Hazardous Waste and Chemical Usage by a Lithographic Printer
Abstract: Case study of a lithographic printer in Georgia that installed a rag centrifuge and solvent recovery still. Includes payback and cost savings information.
Source: Georgia DNR
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/09/08034.htm

Smal Business Waste Reduction Guide Lithographic Printing Case Study #1 : Herald Review/Itasca Shopper; Grand Rapids, MN [PDF]
Abstract: Case study detailing the Herald Review/Itasca Shopper; Grand Rapids, Minnesota reduction of solid and hazardous waste, landfill disposal fees and raw materials
Source: University of Wisconsin-Extension, Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center
URL: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/ag/sus/sbdc/pdftocdt/S4_7_1.pdf

Small Business Waste Reduction Guide Lithographic Printing Case Study #4 : Quad/Graphics, Inc.; Pewaukee, Wisconsin [PDF]
Abstract: Summary report on results of waste reduction through conserving, reusing, and recycling efforts.
Source: University of Wisconson-Extension, Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center
URL: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/ag/sus/sbdc/pdftocdt/S4_7_1.pdf

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
URL: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/ag/sus/sbdc/pdftocdt/S4_7_1.pdf

Small Business Waste Reduction Guide Lithographic Printing Waste Reduction Case Study #3 : Burton & Mayer, Inc.; Brookfield, Wisconsin [PDF]
Abstract: Lithographic printer in Brookfield, Wisconsin coverts to alcohol substitutes and vegetable oil-based inks
Source: University of Wisconsin-Extension, Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center
URL: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/ag/sus/sbdc/pdftocdt/S4_7_1.pdf

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
URL: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/ag/sus/sbdc/pdftocdt/S3_13_1.pdf

Substitute Blanket Washes: Making Them Work
Abstract:
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Design for the Environment Project
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/lithography/bulletins/b
ullet01/lbulletin1.html

Understanding Hazardous Waste Generation and Responsibilities: An Introductory Guide for Lithographic Printers [PDF]
Abstract: A guide for offset lithographic printers on how to properly manage hazardous waste
Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
URL: http://www.deq.state.mi.us/documents/deq-ead-p2-migpp-print2
a.pdf

Vegetable Ester Blanket Washes [PDF]
Abstract: Use this bulletin to compare the performance, cost, and health and environmental benefits of vegetable ester blanket washes with your current wash. This information can help you get started in finding the best substitute blanket wash for you.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Design for the Environment Project
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/lithography/bulletins/b
ullet03/lithob3.pdf

Vegetable Ester Blanket Washes HTML [PDF]
Abstract: Use this bulletin to compare the performance, cost, and health and environmental benefits of vegetable ester blanket washes with your current wash. This information can help you get started in finding the best substitute blanket wash for you.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Design for the Environment Project
URL: http://www.epa.gov/dfe/pubs/lithography/bulletins/bullet03/l
ithob3.pdf

Waste Evaluation of Soy-Based Ink at a Sheet-Fed Offset Printer [PDF]
Abstract: Fact sheet focusing on use of soy inks as substitute for petroleum inks
Source: Pacific Northwest P2 Center
URL: http://www.greenpressinitiative.org/documents/EPAinkStudy.pd
f

Waste Reduction Tips for Offset Printing
Abstract: Tips to avoid "F-listed" solvents in an offset lithographic printing plant
Source: VA Small Business Assistance Program
URL: http://www.deq.state.va.us/osba/factsheets/printset.html

Waterless Printing Association
Abstract: Waterless printing technology information.
Source: www.waterless.org
URL: http://www.waterless.org/

 


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