HP, InfoPrint Solutions Company, Kodak´s Graphic Communications Group, and Oce N.V have created an alliance to support inkjet recyclability research. The alliance formed as Digital Print De-inking Alliance (DPDA) will jointly sponsor research on the recyclability of inkjet-printed paper.
With the recent announcements of high-volume production inkjet presses at drupa, many within the industry have expressed concerns over the recyclability of applications printed on these new systems.
According to the announcement release by the DPDA, “Many paper recyclers are successfully using digitally printed papers in their process today, but there is a need for industry standards worldwide, as well as a need for test methods to compare recycling efficiency between different print technologies and recycling processes. The DPDA was founded to sponsor focused, objective research to identify printer, paper, or chemical additive solutions (or a combination thereof), ensuring de-inking/recycling approaches that are cost-effective and practical and that enhance industry sustainability practices. The DPDA is committed to actively engaging all relevant parties: paper manufacturers, paper recyclers, de-inking chemical and equipment manufacturers, and researchers, worldwide.”