The average U.S. office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year, adding up to 4 million tons of copy paper annually for all workers combined, according to the EPA.
While recycling office paper is a good idea, the most cost-effective waste management strategy is reduction. Attacking paper waste can reduce operating costs and result in savings in waste collection, transportation and processing.
In addition to reducing whenever possible, keep valuable resources in use by purchasing paper with the highest percentage of recycled-content for printing, copying, faxing and general office use.
Here are a few ways to put a big dent in the amount of paper used at work:
• Print duplex - use both sides of the paper
• Add note to emails to "print only what you need"
• Get off junk mail lists-sign-up for free services to stop getting mail for employees no longer with the company
• Share copies of magazines and newspapers rather than subscribing to multiple copies
Additional information on reducing office paper is at http://www.rethinkrecycling.com/how-reduce-office-paper.
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