MacDermid Graphics Solutions has developed a new process to recycle flexographic printing plates. This patent-pending technology will start trials in North America by the end of the year.
“Over 20 million lbs of flexographic plates end up landfilled or used in waste-to-energy processes every year in the US alone. This compelled us to develop our own technology to expedite a renewable and sustainable way to eliminate this waste by focusing on total reuse,” said Ryan Vest, Director of Innovation, MacDermid Graphics Solutions (MGS).
The company has partnered with Sustainable Solutionz, LLC to manage the process of waste removal and recycling. Sustainable Solutionz will bring this process to market.
“Our industry identified a responsibility to repurpose flexographic plates and corrugated carriers that occupy landfills,” said Gerry Mounsey, Co-Founder, Sustainable Solutionz. “We are pleased to introduce meaningful technology to reduce the packaging industry’s carbon footprint.”
“MacDermid is committed to sustainability. Actively managing environmental issues is our responsibility as a good corporate citizen. We are committed to protecting our planet by combating climate change, including contributing to a lower-carbon future, and being responsible water and waste stewards,” said Michael Goralski, EVP, Head of Industrial & Specialty, Element Solutions Inc. “This technology is another example of our continued progress towards reducing our carbon footprint.”