Pollution Prevention for the Print IndustryThe Print IndustryPrinting in a commercial environment is a chemical-intensive industry that produces a rangeof waste types. Waste comes from a variety of activities, some of the wastes are classified ashazardous, others can be damaging to the environment if nothandled properly, although not necessarily hazardous. A list of thetypes of waste that the shop owner or manager must contendwith could include things such as waste paper, ink and even time.All waste that occurs represents loss of resources and moreimportantly, a loss of money.There are a number of solutions to reduce or even prevent waste;many of these solutions are in action right now with many businesses within the UK.Turning your focus to reducing the amount of waste your business generates has manybenefits, such as; reducing your operating costs, reduce waste disposal costs and alsoreduce any long-term liability. In addition to this, you will be helping to sustainenvironmental quality and projecting a positive company image to the public and potential customers! The best way to reduce any losses associated with waste is simply to avoid producing the waste in the first place – this may sound obvious, but you will be surprised at how much unnecessary waste your business is currently producing and how much time could be saved. Below are some helpful pointers to help you reduce your printing waste, and in turn to be more environmentally friendly. - Make it a policy within your business to maintain and monitor your print-related waste management – ensure management are committed. - Involve your employees – make sure your employees are aware of what methods are in force to reduce your company waste and that they are fully able to coincide with those methods. - Provide initial training to employees so that they have the knowledge and the skills to maintain this environmentally friendly way of printing – Perhaps have a list printed above the printers as a reminder. - Establish incentives for maintaining these waste reduction methods, or offer rewards for ideas about changing the design or procedures of your waste reduction system. - Run an initial assessment of your workplace print activity – Where is the most waste being produced? Who is it by? What can be improved? What type of waste is it – time, materials, and or reprints? You can then pinpoint the areas to improve which will make planning your waste reduction a lot easier.
Housekeeping PracticesThis is more often than not, the easiest and fastest way to save money and reduce waste; itis often the cheapest place to start as well; - Make sure that you have separate areas for actual waste and recyclable materials. - Ensure all materials are kept in the correct and most suitable environment conditions to avoid inks drying out or materials becoming damp or damaged. - Ensure work areas are kept tidy and clean, to reduce wasted time, ensure you label your materials and have “areas” for each material so that everything is where it should be when it is needed. - Inspect materials that you order on delivery, this will reduce time should you receive a damaged item. - Maintain accurate records of materials so that usage can be measured and new orders can be made just in time. Also make sure that you use the older materials before opening the new materials. - Inspect material supply periodically to check for damages or leaks.Reducing Printing WastesThere is bound to be some waste produced by your machinery, but we can try to reduce itin as many areas as possible, as often as we can.Inks - Most inks can be recycled, either on-site or off-site.Reduce, Reuse, RecycleMany types of waste that you use within your business can bereduced, reused or recycled; the main example of this would be withyour paper usage. - Ideally, you should be looking to find as many ways as possible to reuse paper; you can use waste paper as a notebook or scribble pad, use it as a number pad to jot down workings, or as poster paper. You should be looking to recycle as much of your waste paper as possible.
SummaryIn short, while waste is being produced, there are potential methods that could reduce yourwaste production. Manufacturers are constantly working with cleaner materials, materialsthat can be used again and software than can help to make waste reduction easier for you,the user. As a print industry worker, you should be open to ideas that are thrown your wayby manufacturers that are developed to reduce waste, not only as part of your commitmentto help the environment, or even to save you some time, but for the fact that helpingreduce waste not only helps everyone in the world, it also helps you and your business tosave money.When you look at purchasing equipment, why not look for equipment that will help tominimize both physical waste and time waste, this will mean that you are doing your bit forthe environment, but also creating a more productive method of working.Always keep an eye out for additional methods that can be employed to help reduce wastewithin your businesses operations – it will save you time and money!Be Proud You should be proud of the commitment that your business has towards the environment. Why not publicize your businesses efforts to waste reduction, customers will be able to feel good about working with a company that is so environmentally focused. There are manufacturers and distributers out there who will offerstamps of approval for your website to show that you have chosen environmentallyconscious software or machinery, you may also receive certificates to place in yourreception areas for visitors and customers to see – all of this will better your image in theeyes of the public, your partners but more importantly, your customers.
Help Please do not take this guide as a list of ALL options available to reduce waste, the number of waste reduction methods go far beyond the content of this document, especially if you venture into a lithographic print shop when material toxicity etc comes into play. I have mainly focused on the digital print side of operations, although all ofthe above can be used by any and all workshops.Each and every company has a unique set up to their business, the way it runs and whatthey see as an acceptable level of commitment to waste reduction. This guide simply helpsto open up some potential avenues of reduction.There are a number of machine types, software add-ons and supply options available to youtoday to help you to play your part in the reduction of your companies waste output, andthese are available to suit your individual business needs:Apogee Corporation Ltd is a leading distributer of digital print machinery and software,ranging from smaller desktop units to the larger production sized machines. They work veryclosely with some of the world’s largest manufacturers such as; Ricoh, Canon, Toshiba andSharpe.If you would like assistance in sourcing the areas within your business whereby you couldsave on waste, time and money, then request a complimentary audit of not only your printmachinery, but your whole printing operation.Apogee Corporation Ltd can be reached at 0845 250 44 99.Consultants employed by Apogee Corporation are able toprovide you with technical assistance, information regardingbeneficial machinery and software, as well as assistance withother areas of your business. For more information regarding a digital office solution, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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