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Reviewed P2 Options
for the
Printshops - Image Processing Process

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

Following are a list of options that have been reviewed by pollution prevention specialists. These options have worked at other facilities and may work at yours.


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.

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.

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