Project Description

Partners in the Print Waste War

The following case study (produced with the full co-operation of the customer concerned) is a typical representative example of the service J&G Environmental offer and the high level of customer satisfaction achieved.

Waste creation (along with energy use and chemical consumption) is one of the printing industry’s big three environmental impacts. Its management is a challenge for all print companies.

But more and more of them are facing up to their environmental responsibilities, either in response to legislative demands, in order to meet environmental accreditation standards, or because they realise the potential bottom line benefits of being seen to be a green supplier. In some cases, it’s a combination of all three motives.

Proactive environmental management, in which the investment of resources and manpower is a boardroom commitment, was once, with a few exceptions, the preserve of the big printing houses, but no longer. The industry consists largely of SME’s and many of them are now enthusiastically embracing environmental programmes and making it an important element of their marketing activities.

Sustainable Print Waste Management

A company which has paid a great deal of attention to the sustainable management of its waste is Kingsley Print, based in Egham, Surrey. Kingsley Print is a family run business which has been providing a wide range of design and printing services for over 30 years. It has achieved ISO 14001 and FSC accreditations.

The company realised some 10 years ago, earlier than many of its contemporaries, that its waste was not being handled in the most sustainable way and one of its first actions was to bring in J&G Environmental, the UK’s leading print waste managers.

“One of our first steps was to segregate the different waste steams on site to help us recycle more”, said Kingsley’s environmental manager Roger Randall. “With J&G’s help we provided employees with separate waste containers, positioned within easy reach as a visual reminder.”

Over the last few years as the processes and technology employed by the waste industry became increasingly more sophisticated, Kingsley’s policy of recycling and re-use whenever possible has meant a gradual but significant increase in the number of waste streams being segregated.

J&G Environmental now collect the following from Kingsley Print: Solvents, Plastic Bottles and Drums, Plastic Packaging, Blankets, Ink Tins, Plate Developers, Ink Cartridges, Dry Waste, Aluminium Plates, CDs, Ink, Aluminium Cans, IT Waste and Pallets.

Some 95 percent of these wastes streams collected by J&G are now being re-cycled or re-used. For instance, plastic drums are washed and shredded before being recycled into goods such as drain pipes. Wooden pallets are chipped and made into chipboard or MDF. Aluminium plates (which also provide an income for Kingsley) and cans are sent to the processes for re-use and can be made into more plates or even car parts.

“The results of the programme have been fairly staggering”, said Roger Randall. “It has meant sacrificing a small amount of floor space for the waste containers but this is a small consideration when considering we have achieved a waste reduction of 75 percent and a massive 89 percent reduction in waste removal costs.

With a waste management programme in full swing and recycling rates growing, less and less of Kingsley’s waste is finishing up in landfill where increasing taxes are a growing burden for business and industry.

Said Roger Randall: “Kingsley is heavily committed to even further improving its environmental standards and we are pleased to be working closely with J&G, a company that shares our own attitudes toward the environment”.