Conestoga wants to lose some weight, save some money and breathe easier. By reducing the amount of paper you use at work you can cut down on the amount of paper waste generated, lighten your load and save some trees.
Not only did Conestoga reduce the amount of paper printed in 2013, it succeeded in diverting paper waste otherwise headed for the landfills by half compared to the previous year. This means that on average, each employee at Conestoga reduced their printing by more than 85 pages.
Conestoga is on the right track with sustainability. Of the 122 tonnes that were used and discarded, 92 per cent was recycled instead of going into a landfill.
One page at a time can make a difference. Please review the following tips on how you can help reduce our paper waste.
Top 10 tips to reduce paper waste: Save money by saving the planet
- Share documents electronically
- Avoid sending faxes and letters - mail documents electronically instead.
- Instead of printing multiple sets of paper documents, keep central electronic files.
- Share files online through services such as: cloud sharing (Google drive, OneDrive, etc.), Basecamp, Bitrix24.
- Review, edit and share on screen rather than on paper.
- Don't print your email
- Challenge yourself to minimize printing of email messages.
- Organize and save emails in an electronic folder system for efficient retrieval.
- If you have to print, cut and paste the essential content of emails into a word processing document to save paper.
- If you're going to ditch paper for electronic retention of emails, remember to backup daily.
- Think before you print or photocopy
- First think whether you really need to print it at all.
- Use the print preview feature before printing.
- Avoid printing pages within a document that you don't need.
- Edit documents using tools such as 'track changes' in Word and 'Comment' in Adobe Acrobat. The latter enables comments from multiple parties to be consolidated into one PDF file - this is an ideal tool for team collaboration on corporate documents.
- Use duplex-capable copiers and printers
- Find out if your office equipment can do double sided prints and copies (duplex).
- Double-sided printing/copying can cut your paper use in half.
- Default to double-sided copying and printing
- Set your computer default to 2-sided copying and printing.
- Copy documents on both sides to conserve paper.
- Double-sided copying doesn't increase the frequency of paper jams.
- Use the blank sides of already used paper for drafts.
- Test before copying big jobs
- Prevent costly mistakes on a multiple copy job - run a sample copy first.
- Don't print websites unnecessarily
- If you want to have a high-quality copy of a web page, download the free Evernote software. This software has a web clipper that enables you to create PDFs of pages. You can also copy and clip text from a web site into the software. Better still, the software also backs up your data online.
- If you must print webpages, look for a 'printer-friendly' version that reformats the documents to remove advertisements so you save paper.
- Print more words on each page
- Reduce page numbers by using smaller fonts in larger documents.
- Make page margins smaller to increase writing space.
- Choose a space-efficient font such as Times New Roman.
- Save and re-use paper around the office
- Place labels over old addresses and envelopes.
- Flatten and store large boxes until needed again - people are always looking for moving boxes.
- Collect and reuse paper for scrap - you can drop your scrap off at the Print Centre in Doon.
- Promote the cause
- Send this to co-workers, friends and family to encourage paper waste reduction.
*Post consumer waste content versus recycled content: Post consumer (PCW) paper is from old paper placed in recycled bins Recycled content paper is made of leftovers at pulp mills. Using more pcw paper products saves what is left of the forest, saves fresh water and does not require chlorine bleach, a known toxin.