How to Reduce Printed Paper Waste

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tomvehoski

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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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samsung

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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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samsung

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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.
 

SteelMaiden

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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.
Do you happen to have any information on lasers vs the ink jets? We don't use inkjet printers at our facility. I don't know too many large businesses who rely on ink jet, but perhaps that is a regional thing?
 
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samsung

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Do you happen to have any information on lasers vs the ink jets? We don't use inkjet printers at our facility. I don't know too many large businesses who rely on ink jet, but perhaps that is a regional thing?
Infact lasers use a large single cartridge of toner (dry ink in the form of ultra fine particles) as its ink, while the inkjet printer uses multiple cartridges of colored ink.

Laser printers are good for text printing while the inkjets printers are better suited for printing images and photos with their ability to provide rich and vibrant colours to the print images. Lasers print faster than an inkjet printer but printers are costlier, bulky and require much space. However the cost of printing is somewhat lower than their ink counterparts.

Lasers do less harm to the environment in view of the longer life of cartridges requiring less frequent replacements. Laser printer toners are filled with an ultra fine powder-like substance that tends to disperse. Also, higher temperatures of operation create ozone and VOCs. These compounds and particles have mild to severe impacts on human health (respiratory problems).
 
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tomvehoski

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Lasers do less harm to the environment in view of the longer life of cartridges requiring less frequent replacements.
How can you actually quantify this? Inkjet cartridges are much smaller, using less plastic, use less fuel to ship, less packaging to package, etc. Is there a study determining that 1 laser cartridge is the equivalent of XX ink cartridges?
 
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samsung

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How can you actually quantify this? Inkjet cartridges are much smaller, using less plastic, use less fuel to ship, less packaging to package, etc.
Since the page yield of lasers is approx. 6-8 times more than the inkjets, less number of toners are required to be shipped and thus lesser requirement of packaging material and other stuff.

Is there a study determining that 1 laser cartridge is the equivalent of XX ink cartridges?
We can arrive at an approximate value in terms of page yield of both the printer cartridges.

Typical toner cartridge Page yield - 3,000-4,000 pages
Typical inkjet cartridge Page yield - 400-600 pages (considering the same printing contents)

So, one toner cartridge roughly equals 7-8 sets of inkjet cartridges. (typically an inkjet requires a set of 3-4 cartridges while the lasers need 2 at the most)

Thanks.
 
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