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Printing -- Lithography Topic Hub: Production -- Printing Process

Basic information on lithographic printing, including pollution prevention options and links to additional resources.

Production - Printing Process

Inputs Outputs
Fountain solutions

Tainted and unused solutions, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), air emissions

Ink Waste ink, hazardous waste, air emissions

Waste water used in cleaning, fountain solutions or solvents

Paper Unacceptable prints and waste paper
Plates  Outdated or exhausted press plates, silver and waste metal
Solvents Waste and dirty solvents, air emissions
Shop towels Rags containing inks, solvent and metals
Waste paper from disposable towels