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In 1993, the Council of Great Lakes Governors, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Printing Industries of America formed a team representing Great Lakes regulatory agency, state and federal technical assistance providers, printers, supplier and customer, and members of labor and environmental groups. This team reviewed regulations, permit and reporting requirements for all environmental media, to identify barriers and possible incentives to pollution prevention and general environmental protection. They have recommended technical, financial and regulatory assistance needed, and how best to provide it.
The team released a July 1994 report titled, "The Great Printers Project Recommendations to Make Pollution Prevention a Standard Practice in the Printing Industry." The report encourages commitment to the Great Printers Principles, suggests restructured regulatory requirements, improves printers' access to information and technology, and provides information to print buyers on ways to make pollution prevention and environmental protection a natural part of doing business in the printing industry. Each State Pilot is using the Great Printers Project report as the basis of action.
Pollution prevention projects such as the Great Printers Project can help realize the opportunities for source reduction by focusing beyond treatment and disposal, and considering multi-media management of pollution. Businesses need information and technical assistance to overcome institutional barriers and adopt source reduction practices. With the continued collaboration of the State Pilots, the demand for continuous innovative pollution prevention technologies in the printing industry will be inherent for everyone working with or in the industry.
The Great Printers Project is the first in the nation to seek to create a business environment conducive to pollution prevention for an entire industry sector. The project intends:
The Great Printers Project recommends that printer's voluntarily adopt the Great Printers Principals, which can be achieved by:
Printers can use the principles as a pathway to environmentally sound printing, while producing a quality product. Adherence to these principles also can be used by printers as a marketing tool, to attract consumers who want "Great Printing".
The Great Printers Project recommends that printers work with their customers to develop job specifications that protect the environment, while meeting their customers' requirements for a quality product.
A Great Printer is one who minimizes impact on human health and the environment, while producing a quality printed product for the customer.
Toward that end, the goals of a Great Printer are to:
The Great Printers Project recommends that printers, suppliers, and distributors work together to seek out environmentally superior materials, chemicals, and equipment to produce high-quality print jobs. Inadequate information makes it difficult for printers to choose environmentally preferable alternatives.
The Great Printers Project recommends that USEPA and its state regulatory partners should:
Making technical and financial assistance and regulatory information more accessible to small businesses is a critical step toward integrating pollution prevention into the printing industry. The goal should be to seamlessly deliver a comprehensive array of services that fully integrates pollution prevention, financing, and technical assistance. Toward that end, the Great Printers Project recommends that
Printing, like most industrial activities; uses a variety of materials and potentially hazardous chemicals, requires energy, and aggregate impact on the environment of all them together is substantial. Many opportunities exist to lesson the impact of printing on the environment, while increasing the competitiveness of the individual printer through pollution prevention.
The Great Printers Project seeks to influence factors, usually beyond the control of the average printing business, which can constrain the business' environmental decisions. It focuses on changing those factors that lead the business away from preventing pollution at the source. The project focuses especially on customer demands, regulatory requirements, and access to technology and financial resources.
Efforts are under way in each partner state to designate printing companies as "Great Printers". For more information about becoming a designated Great Printer and the added benefits contact Debra Jacobson at 630.472.5019 or the state partners.