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    Inkjet Prints Are Not Deinkable
    prints cannot be recycled for new newsprint or copying paper just as
    old newspapers or magazines. The ink cannot be removed during the
    recycling process; it leaves a dark shade for the new paper. The
    recycling paper mills can still cope with single inkjet prints from
    households or offices. But what printer manufacturers plan to introduce
    at the “drupa” fair poses a danger to the paper recycling cycle: Direct
    mail or newspapers printed with inkjet act like a sponge full of ink –
    and even in small amounts this kind of printed products can cause the
    system of graphic paper recycling to collapse.

    For a couple of
    years INGEDE has been trying to solve this problem together with
    printer manufacturers and other mem-bers of the paper chain, but
    without any success yet. On the contrary – even printer manufacturers
    that had focused on excellent recyclable dry toners so far now also
    offer inkjet systems for high volumes, blaming market requirements for
    this move.“We have to inform publishers and mailing designers”, says
    INGEDE’s Press Officer Axel Fischer. “Even a single pub-lisher
    investing in this kind of equipment could severely harm paper recycling
    all over Europe”. INGEDE plans an in-tensive information campaign in
    the forefront of the “drupa” fair, the world’s largest exhibition about
    printing and paper early this summer in Düsseldorf in Germany. “We have
    to make clear that inkjet printed news and direct mail do not fit into
    the higher-grade paper recycling system”, Fischer says. That is why
    possibly this kind of printed products have to be clearly visible
    marked as “not recyclable”. Fischer adds: “Today, when climate
    protection has top political priority, undeinkable print products are a
    gross aberration.”

    At a European Round Table representatives of
    the paper industry discuss these issues with members of the digital
    printer industry already. For the first time, this year also inkjet
    manufacturers want to join the talks. INGEDE hopes that this helps at
    least in the long run to direct further development towards better
    deinkable systems. “Already when designing a print product, a publisher
    or as marketing agent has to take recycling into concern”, Fischer says.

    toners perform very well in the paper recycling process that originally
    has been developed for the removal of offset and gravure inks. A series
    of tests by different European research institutes on behalf of INGEDE
    has confirmed these findings.INGEDE is an association of leading
    European paper manu-facturers founded in 1989. INGEDE aims at promoting
    utilisa-tion of recovered graphic paper (newsprint, magazines and
    office paper) and improving the conditions for an extended use of
    recovered paper for the production of graphic and hygiene papers.