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Old 21st August 2010, 09:23 PM
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I think you meant two-sided. Where I work the all of the network printers are set to two-sided printing as the default mode. It can be overridden on a per-job basis, but it saves a lot of paper.
Yeah, Chennaiite explained it. Jim, thats an "Asian" lingo

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Old 21st August 2010, 09:25 PM
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Dear All,
I want to know how to reduce the wastage of print papers.Basically we have a Design functionning company.Daily print avarage is 1500pages A4/A3 out of that 50% is wastage,So guide me how to create awreness in the employees or reduce the wastage.

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You need to go to the rrot cause to see why these are generated in the first place ? A Fishbone Diagram would be a good start
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Old 22nd August 2010, 03:41 PM
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Limit access to printers
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Old 25th August 2010, 06:57 AM
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yes,
they are printed more than required.

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Old 25th August 2010, 07:12 AM
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yes,
they are printed more than required.

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Restrict the user access to printers.
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Old 25th August 2010, 08:26 AM
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I've been in organizations that try many of these ideas, and typically they all fail.

Two sided printing - great until you realize something has to be printed one-sided, but you forgot the printer defaulted to two-sided and you have to reprint.

Restricting access - great, until someone needs that print for a customer meeting and has to spend 15 minutes tracking down someone with the authority to print it. Not only a waste of time, makes your customer question your capabilities.

I do recommend looking at your processes to eliminate waste paper (and time), but telling someone they can't print an e-mail to take to a meeting to jot notes on is self defeating. The 750 pieces of paper wasted a day costs what - $5 maybe? I have been eliminating paper in my office, more for the efficiency. I had people giving me a piece of paper saying exactly what they had just e-mailed to me, and entered into a database. I told them to stop the e-mail and paper, and just tell me it was in the computer - all I need. It was more for the efficiency and lack of clutter issue though.

I've also found I proof read best on paper. Have tried doing it on the computer, but I'm more efficient with a red pen and paper. Telling me I can't do that will just kill my efficiency.

As for the green aspect, trees for paper are farmed just like corn, soybeans and other crops. It is not like they are cutting down 200 year old giant redwoods to make printer paper. Printer paper is also highly recyclable, and contains recycled paper. Going crazy trying to save 750 sheets of paper a day is going to have zero effect on the environment, but possibly a noticeable effect on your business. Eliminate the obvious waste processes, put in a recycling bin if you don't already have it, and move on to bigger things, IMO.
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Old 26th August 2010, 04:37 AM
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As for the green aspect, trees for paper are farmed just like corn, soybeans and other crops. It is not like they are cutting down 200 year old giant redwoods to make printer paper. Printer paper is also highly recyclable, and contains recycled paper. Going crazy trying to save 750 sheets of paper a day is going to have zero effect on the environment, but possibly a noticeable effect on your business. Eliminate the obvious waste processes, put in a recycling bin if you don't already have it, and move on to bigger things, IMO.
All other points are OK and agreeable except the 'zero effect on the environment' on account of paper 'wastage'. 750 Nos a day is quite a significant quantity and must therefore be controlled to bring about positive noticeable effect on the business.

It is estimated that the life-cycle of a ton of paper, from production to recycling, results into generation of about 9 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) - equivalent greenhouse gas emissions. Disposal in a landfill, in lieu of recycling, results in two more tons of such emissions per year. Production of paper not only generates CO2, it also reduces the amount of CO2 that can be sequestered by the plants.

So, finally the cost of saving (not wasting) 750 sheets per day would be around 3131 US$ per annum.
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Old 27th August 2010, 12:23 PM
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Of late I recall that its not the paper alone that matters so much. 750 sheets of paper must be consuming costly inkjet cartridges as well. GHG emissions from manufacturing a single mono toner cartridge have been calculated to approximately 4.8 Kg CO2; per cartridge. Besides it's a well known fact that the empty ink cartridges have detrimental effects of environment and human health.
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