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From: Jeff Adrian (
Date: Thu Dec 18 1997 - 01:57:56 CST

Sherrie (and others):

We recently began using an new method of scraping ink cans clean. It's a
device that ftst on top a 55-gallon drum and allows an overturned 5-pound
can to be rotated against fitted scraper blades, thoroughly cleaning the
can with much greater ease and speed than using a method of combining a
drip rack and ink knife. Our press and ink people love it. This device is now
available from Mary McCarty, McCarty Water & Waste, 6250 Highway 12 West,
Maple Plain, MN 55359. She may be reached at 612-479-4343, fax at

jeff Adrian
The John Roberts Co.

Robert Gifford wrote:
>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
>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'."
> _______________________________
> Answers:
>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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