Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!
Office paper is the largest percentage of a company's garbage every day. About 85% of office paper is currently discarded (over 7 million tons in the United States alone every year). In addition, commercial paper use increased 245% between 1960 and 1994 and continues to grow.
**Share electronic files, voicemail and e-mail with office mates instead of creating paper memos.
**Reduce fax traffic by using computer modems instead of the office fax machine. You can save paper on one or both ends.
**Always use the second side of paper, either by printing on both sides or using the blank side as scrap paper.
**Use scrap paper to take notes instead of using notebooks, company pads, or message pads.
**Use scrap paper instead of stickies.
**Help start an office paper recycling program at your company if one is not in place.
**If there is one, encourage your co-workers to use it -- sometimes a simple reminder about the amount of paper that gets thrown away every year is all it takes!
**Make sure that recycling bins are located close to printers and photocopiers (and remove the trash can if possible). If people have to walk to recycle materials they will usually throw them away instead.
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