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Our "three R's" are reduce, reuse, and recycle. In our daily printing operations, our staff looks for ways to leave a smaller carbon footprint.

We recycle:

Waste sheets for the pre-press operations and all trimmed paper post-press

Waste inks

Metallic printing plates

Cans, bottles, and paper collected by the staff

We reduce and reuse:

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in our daily operations. VOCs are chemicals classified by the EPA and other regulatory bodies as harmful to the air, soil and water. Many also contribute to global warming. The printing industry works to find greener printing solutions, eliminating VOCs from inks and coatings, and Metzgers embraces these practices.

We use soy and vegetable-based inks, substitute standard varnishes with aqueous coatings, and replace film and chemistry with digital pre-press operations.

Where VOCs are still used, both liquids and vapors are captured and reused. Once we've maximized the usage of the materials, the remainder is sent to a recycler or an EPA-certified disposal site.


Metzgers proves that a company can be aggressively green and thrive as a business. We’re dedicated to helping our customers achieve the same goals.

Here are a few ways to move your printing toward green:

  • Select recycled paper stock instead of new paper, and specify chlorine-free papers
  • Specify soy or vegetable inks for offset printing, and request low-VOC toner for digital printing jobs
  • Replace classic varnishes with bio-degradable alternatives, using aqueous coatings when possible
  • Avoid over-estimating quantities of literature, especially if the content is time-sensitive and would need to be thrown out when it's no longer useful
  • Recycle excess stock and waste paper

It's easy to be green! Check out our video on Going Green, and contact us to learn more about greener printing options for your next project.



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Toledo, OH 43607-2906

Phone: 419.861.8611

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