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Flint offers plate waste recovery service in the US

August 2, 2011

Collected photopolymer waste is 100 percent recycled for energy in the production of cement.

Flint Group Flexographic Products is rolling out a new program to provide a plate waste recovery service to its flexographic printing plate customers in the continental United States.

Cubic yard corrugated containers are provided to customer who join the program. As plate waste is accumulated, raw plates, coversheets, and used printing plates with or without mounting tape affixed are placed in these containers. When the containers are full, the customer calls a toll free number and the containers are picked up by a licensed waste service provider and replaced with new ones. Title to the waste transfers to the disposal company, which utilizes it for its energy content in the manufacture of cement. The process involves 100 percent recycling of the waste; even the ash content after incineration becomes part of the cement product.

“The real beauty of this service is that the customer receives the peace of mind in knowing that his waste has been responsibly disposed of, and at the same time he is achieving a more eco-efficient process,” says Terri Stewart, marketing manager for Flint Group Flexographic Products. The program is immediately available to all customers in the continental United States. Customers may contact their Flint Group Flexographic Products regional sales manager, or customer service at 800-556-6742, to initiate the program.

Flint Group manufactures a wide range of conventional and energy curable inks and coatings for most offset, flexographic and gravure applications; pressroom chemicals, printing blankets and sleeves for offset printing; photopolymer printing plates and sleeves, platemaking equipment and flexographic sleeve systems; pigments and additives for use in inks and other colorant applications.