First, papers used in offices are usually high-grade, and it's a shame to see these quality papers
reduced to waste.
A staggering 77% of these papers are recyclable.
Second, an average office employee can produce a pound and a half of paper waste in one day, while
Finance offices generate the most waste paper, from two to three pounds per day.
Third, production costs can be lowered simply by reducing office paper
costs and using used paper whenever possible.
Removing office paper from the garbage can reduce waste
collection fees by 50%
Fourth, A ton of paper recycled
is 6.7 cu. yds. of saved landfill space.
Removing this much paper from our waste would prolong the
service of present landfill sites.
Whether your paper supplies are plain white paper, copier paper, office
paper, ink-jet paper, or letter paper, they are all easily recycled.
Here are some easy
steps to recycling office paper:
Recycling can start as soon as your employees are informed and consulted
regarding the adoption of your recycling program.
Make sure that all employees know about the recycling program.
Recycling programs can be a simple as monitoring paper use and separating white paper from colored paper and are widely-practiced
in most offices.
Placing labeled trash cans throughout the office areas, has proved to be an effective
recycling method. Be sure, however, that the cans are placed where waste paper amounts to a significant amount, such as in
computer rooms and records sections.
Put the recycling container in an accessible area, so people will actually
use them. Also, consulting with the employees who work in that particular area as to where to position the recycling containers,
is a good idea.
It's always a good idea to separate white papers like bond paper, copier paper, paper supplies,
office paper, ink-jet paper, and letter paper, and putting them together, rather than mixing them with other paper, like cardboard
This way, even if you don't reuse the paper, but sell the papers to a recycling center, they
will have a higher value, since white paper costs more.
It is also important to inform your cleaning service
of your new program so that your recycled papers are not discarded by mistake.
Lastly, these reams of the various recyclable papers can bring you good money.
It is also recommend to have a log book or record book handy to record the amount of weight of office paper that came from
your company. This way, you can keep track of your paper wastes and evaluate if your recycling paper program is actually working
to reduce, and waste in your office.
Also, by keeping a
record and reciept, you can be sure to be properly paid for them, by the recycling company.