Printech Archives, August 1997: Re: Reuse of Dewatered Ink Solids

Re: Reuse of Dewatered Ink Solids

Debra Kramer (
Thu, 31 Jul 1997 08:23:45 -0500


Working with an ink company to reuse the solids is a good idea, but I
would caution you and the ink company about waste regulations. The
issue may be that the ink company would be considered a Treatment,
Storage, and Disposal Facility (TSDF) if they accept a waste material.
The regulations are different from state to state depending on their
definition of recycling and how they enforce the regulations.

Obviously, TSDF permitting is not a recommended option. It is a very
costly and time consuming process. An alternative is to fuel blend the
solids rather than send them to a land fill. Although ink pigments from
w.b. ink have no BTU value they can combine them with other materials
and fuel blend them at places such as a cement kiln.




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