Boulder, CO, November 03, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Eco-officiency offers these paper recycling and reduction tips in honor of America Recycles Day, November 15th. U.S. paper producers consume approximately 1 billion trees every year. This amounts to roughly about 735 pounds of paper annually for every American office worker. Further, paper is the No. 1 material that we throw away in our landfills. For every 100 pounds of trash we throw away, 35 pounds is paper.
In order to reduce paper in the office and encourage recycling here are some following tips:
Use recycled paper
Sustainable stock paper uses half the trees of normal stock paper. With tree-free paper alternatives the production itself is more environmental, requiring fewer chemicals and energy. Ask your purchasing manager to switch to one of these virgin paper alternatives for your office.
Label Recycle Bins Clearly
Label recycle bins clearly with big and bold signage or purchase bright colored bins to tag for recycle items. This helps workers when moving fast, to put paper waste in the right receptacle.
Use Xerox GreenPrint software
Xerox has GreenPrint software for its solid ink printers, which analyzes each page of every document sent to the printer and looks for waste characteristics (e.g. pages with just a URL, banner ad, logo, or legal jargon) and then highlights and removes them. GreenPrint says using the software could save the average office more than $90 and 1,400 wasted pages per year.
Print on both sides
Many of the printers today offer an internal function to print on both sides of the paper. Check with your printer manual or information technology consultant and see if you have this option.
Reuse one-sided paper
Provide a location in your copy room and your office for paper that can be reused on the other blank side. Employees can use this paper as scrap paper or as 'test' prints for documents before the final version is finished.
America Recycles Day (ARD) is sponsored by the National Recycling Coalition http://www.nrc-recycle.org/americarecyclesday.aspx and is a day that encourages Americas to recycle and buy recycled products.
Eco-officiency, LLC. offers sustainability consulting services based out of Boulder, CO. They provide expert business advisors and eco-living consultants to assist organizations and individuals in becoming more sustainable in their work and personal lives. For more information visit www.eco-officiency.com