Printers have been faced with environmental pressures for many years. During the printing process, from pre-press through to the finishing stages, a number of chemicals are used. This results in the generation of waste dangerous goods, liquid effluent and air emissions. The industry also has to deal with the disposal of large amounts of paper and packaging waste.
Pressure from government, industry associations, and the general public has resulted in many positive environmental changes in the printing sector throughout North America. Advances in electronic image processors and computerized processes have revolutionized the way the industry operates and resulted in less waste generated. Printing is a high-volume, low-margin industry. Small savings in the cost of production can have a substantial impact on the bottom line.
- Pollution Prevention for the Printing Industry (PDF: 242k)
- Pollution Prevention Guide for Printers in Atlantic Canada (PDF: 15.8mb)