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Following are a set of P2 options you may wish to implement. No option is perfect for everyone, but sometimes options that have worked at one facility can work at yours. They might also serve as inspiration.

Reviewed Printshops - Image Processing Options

Options below have reviewed by pollution prevention specialists. They are commonly recommended and implemented for facilities.

Protect process baths
Protect process baths that spoil easily by keeping them containerized. Small scale photo developers can containerize process baths and use glass marbles to bring the liquid level to the brim each time the liquid is used.
Use ammonium thiosulfate
Add ammonium thiosulfate to silver-contaminated baths to extend the allowable buildup of silver.
Use floating lids on containers
Use floating lids on bleach and developer containers to keep them fresh.
Install waterless units
Install waterless paper and film developing units to minimize the volume of fixer waste. Segregate fixer from developer.
Use non-hazardous raw materials
Substitute non-hazardous raw materials for hazardous materials whenever possible.
Install electronic imaging
Install electronic imaging and/or laser plate-making. By editing on a video terminal, then need for photographing and reshooting can be reduced. This alternative may be costly. However, the reduced waste management costs and increased protection of the environment make the investment worth considering.

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