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De La Rue to the Rescue: Printing banknotes the green way

Categories : Cash is a public good
February 27, 2019
Published in : Cash, Cash circulation policies, Cash cycle efficiency
De La Rue and Hydro Industries Ltd developed a technical solution for De La Rue’s Gateshead plant to minimise the environmental impact of banknote printing by eliminating waste and conserving clean water.
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De La Rue, the world’s largest commercial security printer, has partnered with water-based technology start-up Hydro Industries Ltd to help reduce wastewater in De La Rue’s Gateshead plant, in north-eastern England.

Each week, foreign passports and around 50 million banknotes are printed at the plant, releasing a daily estimated amount of 75 cubic meters of salty, inky wastewater. With a dedicated sustainability policy at the heart of its operations, De La Rue recognizes the importance of environmental conservation and finds ways to minimise the impact of its activities, products and services. “De La Rue takes its commitment to provide long-term sustainable solutions for the business very seriously and we are thrilled to find a technical solution to a significant challenge that allows us to prove our commitment to our customers and communities alike”, says James Moffa, De La Rue’s Technical Projects Engineer in Gateshead.

Hydro Industries designed a custom-made solution for the Gateshead plant to help meet De La Rue’s  sustainability goals. The new technology comes in the form of a reverse osmosis unit which, once installed in May, will recycle the waste and split it from clean water. The aim is to make the process more cost-efficient with a lower the environmental impact. Should the project prove to be successful, De La Rue plans to deploy the same technology at its Sri Lanka site as well.

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