Study on neutral chemical deinking of laser printed papers, TAPPI JOURNAL January 2016

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ABSTRACT: A neutral deinking agent was applied for the deinking of laser printed papers under neutral or near-neutral conditions of pH. The results showed that a deinking efficiency of 93% could be achieved with a laboratory-made neutral deinking agent under optimum conditions. This neutral deinking agent, tagged as GWT, consists of anionic and nonionic surfactant, inorganic salt, etc. Optimum conditions were: GWT dosage of 2% (for dry recovered paper); pulping concentration of 10%~20%; pulping temperature of 60°C; pulping time of 25 min; conditioning time of 20 min; flotation concentration of 0.8%; and flotation time of 10 min. The neutral deinking technology is beneficial for the reuse of recovered paper due to its lower wastewater chemical oxygen demand (COD) and other chemical loads, thus resulting in lower treatment cost and environmental pollution compared with the regular alkali deinking process.

Application: In this research, the neutral deinking agent and neutral deinking technology contribute to the advance of wastepaper recycling and provide reference significance to the follow-up study of deinking methods for laser printed wastepaper.

Author: Yujjie Gao, Xiaojiao Yuan, Limin Gao, and Jing Li
Study on neutral chemical deinking of laser printed papers,
Study on neutral chemical deinking of laser printed papers, TAPPI JOURNAL January 2016

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