Rethinking Deinking | August 1, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 31 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 89 Issue 31 | pp. 42-44
Issue Date: August 1, 2011

Rethinking Deinking

Climb in digital printing puts pressure on paper recycling
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Green Chemistry
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: ink, printing, deinking, paper, recycling

Wire-tied bales of paper stack nearly to the ceiling of FutureMark Paper’s recycled paper mill in suburban Chicago. A closer look at the bales’ innards reveals a diverse mix of cast-off office paper, newspaper, colorful catalogs, and glossy magazine pages.

Paper recyclers have long dealt with this hodgepodge of paper types. But in recent years, they have faced a new challenge: ink from digital printing presses. Changes in the way some paper is printed . . .

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