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NYS Governor's Awards for Pollution Prevention - Anitec

Anitec, Imaging Products Division, International Paper, Binghamton

Background

Anitec operates a manufacturing plant in Binghamton employing 800 people. Anitec develops and manufactures photographic products for graphic arts and other imaging-related applications at its 35-acre site. The primary products are black and white photographic paper and film. Current manufacturing operations consist of photographic emulsions, paper and film coating, paper and film finishing, chemical preparation, and chemical packaging. Support operations include research and development, quality assurance and quality control, power distribution, refrigeration and cooling silver recovery, and wastewater pretreatment.

Methodologies and Procedures

To eliminate materials that had negative environmental impacts, Anitec undertook a research and development program for replacing cadmium from film and paper products with a much less toxic material. The amount of hazardous waste generated was reduced from the 1992 base of 2,079 tons to the 1995 total of 110 tons which also resulted in waste reduction for their customers. Solvent substitution, replacement and elimination programs have resulted in the elimination of toxic chemicals such as methylene chloride, methanol and formaldehyde. TRI emissions have been reduced from the 1990 base of 3,660,000 pounds to the 1995 total of 80,000 pounds. Hazardous and non-hazardous waste generation was reduced through machine modifications while increasing product yields.

Anitec also implemented other waste reduction and recycling activities. Packaging material containing post-consumer recycle material content was redesigned so it could be reused. Anitec also instituted a customer return program so packaging material that was normally landfilled such as boxes, cores, end caps, etc. could be reused. Solid waste has been reduced by 89 percent since 1988. Source separation was used so flammable material could be used for energy recovery.

Benefits

TRI emissions were reduced by 98.2 percent since 1990.

Hazardous waste was reduced by 95 percent since 1992. This has approximately saved $700,000 in disposal costs.

Solid waste was reduced by 89 percent since 1988. The cost avoidance to landfill has averaged $100,000 a year since 1992.

Disposal cost savings since 1992 were approximately $1,000,000. Raw material cost savings since 1992 were approximately $400,000.

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