Waste reduction, recycling, and concern for the environment are issues which all printers have faced for more than 33 years. Gateway has taken a position of leadership in addressing these issues. Our efforts began with recycling paper, plates, and film and expanded to adopting safer and more environmentally friendly material and processes as they became available.
Since eliminating Isopropyl Alcohol from our pressroom in 1988, we have switched to water-based chemistry for our proofing and platemaking and to vegetable oil-based sheetfed ink. Our file processors are equipped with Microprocessor-controlled, close-loop, silver recovery units which recapture the silver released during film processing.
Over the past 13 years we have spent more than $900,000 for pollution abatement equipment, automatic blanket washers and other equipment to lessen our environmental impact. During this period our V.O.C. emissions have been reduced by 40% while providing a safer, cleaner workplace.