Sustainable Bindery

Environmental Book Binding Services

A Sustainable Book Bindery

A bindery has unique challenges. You may be surprised at how much paper, plastic and metal strapping, plastic skid wrapping and containers flow through a bindery. Because PACIFIC BINDERY is at the end of the printing production chain it often ends up with the printers’ well-used wooden skids.

PACIFIC BINDERY is committed to our shared environment

Pacific Bindery Services Ltd. is committed to reducing the environmental impacts of its business activities. Management of the earth’s resources and a commitment to the health of the planet is everyone’s responsibility, but this responsibility is even more important in business, where the opportunity exists for the greatest environmental impact. Pacific Bindery has adopted environmental policies to help meet its commitments. Environmental protection is important to Pacific Bindery because:

  1. Minimizing waste makes good economic sense by saving money on materials and reducing waste disposal costs.
  2. Pollution prevention can improve Pacific Bindery’s business reputation with its stakeholders because this commitment to prevention demonstrates that it is an environmentally responsible company.
  3. By demonstrating its commitment to environmental stewardship, Pacific Bindery maintains compliance with environmental laws.
  4. Everyone must take an active role in protecting the planet and its resources for future generations.

Recycling Waste Paper

Pacific Bindery employs an elaborate system of vacuum tubes to take away paper trimmings from the perfect binders and stitchers. A sophisticated automated baling system compresses the paper waste into bales which are then loaded into waiting trailers. Trim waste from the cutter and folders are collected in metal containers and picked up by a recycler.

All of our paper waste is recycled, diverting all of our byproduct from the waste stream. This has a significant positive environmental impact.

Recycling Plastic Containers

Pacific Bindery uses a number of glues: remoistenable glue, traditional hot melt, and other types of adhesives that come in containers. We recycle everything into the proper recycling streams, paper, plastic, wood, metal, electronics, even organic waste.

Every Bit Counts

Pacific Bindery Services uses a significant amount of compressed air to operate its binding machines and vacuum/baling system. This requires compressors, which in turn use filters and lubricating oil. Pacific Bindery not only recycles the filters but also filters the resulting waste oil-water mix condensate. Recovered oil is sent to recyclers and the filtered water is used to water the lawn and for other uses.

Continuous Environmental Improvement

Pacific Bindery Services has established and maintains a program of continuous environmental improvement and a target of removing 100% of waste from landfills. By reducing the volume of its discharge of air, liquid and solid waste, Pacific Bindery not only reduces the pressure on landfills and reduces costs, but also helps to protect the air we breathe and the life in our waterways.

The CleanPrint BC Process – PBS as a Sustainable Bindery

Pacific Bindery Services Ltd. has completed the CleanPrint BC Environmental Management Plan (EMP) program and has earned the right to proudly display the CleanPrint BC logo. The process includes an internal audit by company staff. This is a process that begins very much as an awareness and educational journey into the processes and products used in the shop. Documentation is a key component of this step.

About CleanPrint BC

CleanPrint BC is a non-profit partnership comprising members of the printing industry, including printers and suppliers, as well as representatives from municipal, provincial, and federal governments. The ultimate goal of CleanPrint BC is to support improved environmental management practices in BC’s flexography, screen and offset printing operations. The result is improved protection of the environment and human health while maintaining economic competitiveness. The CleanPrint BC strategy is to develop and provide printers with the tools they need to prepare and support site-specific environmental management plans. Printers, which complete the Environmental Management Plan (EMP), also follow the Best Management Practices (BMP) developed by CleanPrint BC.

PACIFIC BINDERY pledges to protect the environment by following best management practices and promoting the environmental management system as a tool to better control waste and pollution.