How to Reduce Printed Paper Waste

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tomvehoski

#21
You are still missing all of the impacts from manufacturing of the cartridges. Laser toner also tends to come with a prepaid shipping label to encourage you to send the old one back for recycling, so thats skewing everything even more.

My whole point being, is it really valuable to try to equate such minor things into major global impacts and kg of CO2 emitted?
 
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samsung

#22
My whole point being, is it really valuable to try to equate such minor things into major global impacts and kg of CO2 emitted?
Yes I do agree that the impacts of one activity or one person or even one organization on the global environment may not be so pronounced yet knowing the impacts of our activities on the environment however little, and sending a good message (through actions) down & across the supply chain can create a multiplier effect.
 
#23
I have people print using a pdf printer, many versions are available for free online. Limiting access to a printer is a great idea if you have easy access to a computer almost everywhere in the building, but this may hurt some people who can't seem to let their old habits die. If someone complains by saying they can't do their job without paper, have them explain why. Usually they do not have a good justification for using paper.

Aside from the environmental impact, you old folks need to give up the paper. It is not nearly as efficient as you make it out to be, it takes longer to file hard-copies than electronic documents, and it's an excellent way to have document control.
 
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Rand T

#24
One way is to put up a chart near the printer listing how much it costs for every page printed and taking the printer, toner ink, and paper costs into account.

That way everyone is aware that waste costs money and it isn't really "free"
 
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LuisMB

#25
I suggest one idea which was very succesfull in the company where I was working 4 years ago: turn off all the prints twice per week.

maybe in a first view I could be seem a bad idea, but you had written before: almost the 50 % of the printed paper is waste.
Try .. you will see good results:biglaugh:
 
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GreenQuality

#26
Survey a some employees to find out why they are printing hard copies. It may be a process requirement or other issue that can be addressed.
My company only purchases recycled paper and makes employees aware of aspects and impacts through our EMS (We recycle our paper too).
We also have a program that awards employees for efforts and actions implimented to reduce waste and reduce impact to the environment.
Setting up your printer to print both sides as a default setting is an easy change that can make a difference.
 
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Drew G

#27
Respectfully, I find that anytime people start banning and rationing the use of something, you don't really foster a culture where the masses buy into the process. I've found that when we work with people to get them to come up with solutions themselves, we end up not only meeting the goals, but exceeding them. Foster a culture of "reduce, reuse, recycle" and pretty soon your team will push one another to greater accomplishments. Foster a police state and all you will get is grudging compliance, and people who look for ways to beat the system.
True SteelMaiden; :topic:also true of many things in life: punishment breeds aggression. Bringing your perspective above to the Cove is very insightful. Thanks.


Drew
 

Helmut Jilling

Auditor / Consultant
#28
Set a goal to reduce paper and toner usage by 20%, promote and support the goal from management, measure and report the results and progress, and leave it to the ingenuity of each individual to see to getting it done.
 

john.b

Involved In Discussions
#29
One way to save ink while printing exactly the same pages is by switching fonts. I ran across this idea while reviewing "green" management text coming out, and Google turns up lots on it.

The most ink-stingy fonts are a bit thin looking, as you'd expect, but Times-Roman and Calibri save a lot over Arial.

Of course trying to go paperless is a lot better, and half of what is on my desk probably never really needed to be printed.
 
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JaneB

#30
Aside from the environmental impact, you old folks need to give up the paper. It is not nearly as efficient as you make it out to be, it takes longer to file hard-copies than electronic documents, and it's an excellent way to have document control.
Agree strongly that it's excellent for doc control and quicker to file electronically, assuming you have good electronic management practices of course! I like lots of stuff electronically.

But I don't fully agree that 'old folks need to give up the paper'. And I can speak from experience, as I is one. ;)
One issue younger folks don't appreciate is that as you age, unfortunately eyesight often deteriorates and makes online stuff harder to read. Hardcopy is easier.
Also, plenty of research says that reading and processing information online is significantly slower than for hardcopy. Perhaps this may change if a/screen resolution improves and b/as a species, we adapt, but still the case at the moment.
 
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