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Ink can emptiness

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From: Robert Gifford (
Date: Wed Dec 17 1997 - 16:26:54 CST

The following question was sent to the Green and Profitable Printing
97 Videoconference 12/9/97 but was not answered during the broadcast
due to time constraints. A preliminary response from PNEAC is listed
below. If you have additional information or suggestions, please
respond. A collective response will be forwarded to the originator of the


Sherrie, who viewed the videoconference in Lincoln, NE asks:

"A five pound ink can is considered to be empty when it contains less
than 1/8 inch of waste ink.

How much ink waste can remain in a 30 or 400 pound ink container for
it to be considered 'empty'."


State hazardous waste regulations typically allow "empty"
containers to contain up to 3% of the original content
by weight, or less than one inch of remaining material, whichever is
less, for containers up to 110 gallons. Containers must also
typically have all wastes removed by the methods commonly used to
empty that type of container, which for ink wastes would typically
mean scraping.

Be sure to check state-specific hazardous waste regulations. Good
sources of follow-up info in Nebraska include:

Rick Yoder
Nebraska Business Development Center
Jim Hadley, PE
Small Business Technical Assistance
Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department
3140 "N" Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510-1514

Wayne P. Pferdehirt, P.E., AICP
U. of Wis., Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center
610 Langdon Street, Room 529, Madison, WI 53703-1195
Phone: 608/265-2361 Fax: 608/262-6250
Robert Gifford
Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center, and
Univ. of Wisconsin - Extension
Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center
610 Langdon St., rm 531
Madison WI, 53703
Voice: 608-262-1083 Fax: 608-262-6250

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