Five Tips for Paper Use and Recycling

Memos, reports, invoices, forms, presentations, and instructions are the
trademark of a busy office -- and signal the vital role paper plays in it every
day. Yet Xerox Corporation studies show that office workers throw away 45
percent of documents within 24 hours of printing them.

How can you stay productive while using resources wisely?

Paper is a renewable resource. If you think before you print and choose the
paper that's right for the job, you can reduce the environmental footprint of
your office.

  • Use both sides of the paper. It's called "duplex printing" and it is the
    single best way to reduce paper use. So choose copiers, digital printers, and
    multifunction devices that can print on both sides of the paper. Add duplex as
    your "default" mode.
  • Go digital. Save on postage by sending electronic files and let your
    recipient decide whether to print them. Replace paper files with electronic
    ones using the scan-to-file option on multifunction devices.
  • Be selective: Print what you need when you need it. For example, print only
    the portion of the report you need, not every page. Preview your print to avoid
    printing pages with boilerplate. Print on demand. Don't stockpile forms,
    letterhead, or instructions that will go out of date.
  • Reach for the right paper. A number of options promote sound environmental
    practices. Print on papers certified through global organizations, such as the
    Forest Stewardship Council or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest
    Certification, both of which have strict international standards for
    sustainable forestry. Or use paper with recycled content.
  • Recycle. Collect used paper so the fiber can be used again. Recycling the
    fiber saves trees, reduces energy and water use, requires fewer chemicals, and
    keeps paper out of landfills.

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