Waste management in the printing industry is more important now than ever before. Thankfully, innovative minds are coming up with creative new print techniques and processes to make a difference. Through these techniques and processes, the printing industry has discovered alternative ways to reduce waste and lessen its impact on the environment.

Why Use New Trending Print Methods?

Traditional printing methods use an established infrastructure, but eliminating traditional processes can have many advantages. These advantages include saving on water and energy consumption, using less harmful chemicals, and waste reduction.

Many printing companies still employ traditional print methods and outdated processes. These old-fashioned methods may be cheap to run, but they can be very harmful to the environment. Are you ready to try something new and improve your printing company’s sustainability?

3 New Print Trends Paving the Way to Sustainability

1. LED UV Printing (Ultraviolet Print Systems)

Ultraviolet systems use a photo-polymerisation process and mercury vapour lamps for UV photo-initiated monomer inks. This method has high initial costs, high ink/coating costs, and low energy costs. The distinct advantage is that it produces no hydrocarbon emissions.

The LED UV printing method is ideal for promotional material. When using ultraviolet light, the instant drying process leads to more vivid colours and sharp designs. It uses less power and is more eco-friendly because of the instant on/off feature.

The instant drying process means there’s no need for an anti-set off powder spray or a sealing coat. Using this new print method will reduce your emissions and the need to clean your presses. This leads to reduced use of solvents and increased throughput.

Producing less hazardous wastes and waste solvents will lead to lower waste generation and hazardous waste management costs. You can reduce gaseous wastes and liquid wastes by using the LED UV Print method.

2. 3D Printing

Your printing business can enjoy increased efficiency, reduce waste generation, and make manufacturing more sustainable with 3D printing. It covers a vast array of applications, including everything from medical devices to aerospace. 3D printing has the potential to transform any traditional manufacturing forever.

You can reduce costs substantially and save energy with 3D printing. It reduces C02 emissions into the atmosphere and may also reduce manufacturing costs on many levels. Printing companies can add a 3D printing arm to their company to reap the benefits of this new technology.

3. Erasable Print Technology

Toshiba recently released erasable print technology. It allows users to reinsert paper with printed material on it back into the printing machine if there are mistakes. The mistakes will then be erased. This could save massive amounts in wasted materials, as these mistakes would usually be disposed of, contributing to landfill issues and waste management costs.

Once this trend reaches the scale of the printing industry, it could change how we print forever. Ink wastage will be less, and the creation of waste in your printing company will be reduced.

Why Try Innovative Processes at Your Printing Company?

These new print trends are exciting, but there are other ways you can improve waste management at your printing company. There are easier ways to improve the sustainability of your business that will cost less, yet benefit your sustainability. Companies around the world are discovering new methods and alternative processes that have a positive impact on environmental issues.

2 Innovative Processes that Can Help Improve Waste Management in the Printing Industry

1. Small Staff Complement

Although the printing industry produces many tonnes of paper annually, the vast majority of businesses have a relatively small staff complement (usually around 50 employees). Resource constraints are reduced automatically with a small team, for example, when implementing engineering processes and expertise. A manageable staff complement will also help with waste reduction.

2. Onsite Waste Management

The disposal of printing waste is the largest single impact marker printing companies must deal with to improve their sustainability. Your company may not dispose of a lot of raw materials, but you may dispose of a high volume of paper waste and hazardous waste. The type of waste your company produces can influence how it should be disposed of.

Traditional waste management streams lead to overflowing landfills, high utility bills and extra refuse management costs. Companies can reduce their waste-to-landfill by employing smart onsite waste management. This new way of dealing with waste could benefit the entire printing industry in South Africa.

Onsite waste management reduces costs from waste disposal and processing. Professional waste management companies such as Remade Recycling come to your workplace and sort waste material on your premises. The hazardous substances and recyclable waste are separated to be processed.

Onsite waste management contributes to human health by drastically reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. With on-site waste management, you can report to your stakeholders that your printing company is taking sustainability seriously.

What Are the Benefits of Improved Waste Management in the Printing Industry?

  • Increased Profits. Our affordable waste management method can transform waste processing into a system that makes money instead of costing money.
  • Improved Efficiency. Our experience in waste management means we know how to run processes that can lead to more efficient and productive printing businesses, with less clutter and mess in the way of printing staff.
  • Legislative Compliance. Your business will become compliant with legislation through smart waste management.
  • Environmental Reputation. You can now improve your environmental reputation among vendors, investors, the local community and stakeholders. Earn the type of reputation you can be proud of by taking waste management seriously.

If you are in the printing industry in South Africa and need to implement affordable waste management processes, get in touch with us today for your free waste audit!