Reducing the amount of paper used at the office helps to trim costs and save the environment. The goal is to use less and reuse more. Below are useful tips to help your staff trim down on paper waste.
1. Reuse scrap paper instead of post-it notes
Instead of tossing an 8.5×11 sheet of paper you no longer need, turn it over and cut the paper into fourths. That way you have a nice size scratch piece of paper for jotting down notes, reminders, and messages.
2. Print 2-sided
We are not suggesting you print your professional presentation on front and back of your pristine paper. There are times however, when not so significant documents can be printed using the 2-sided method instead of on two separate sheets of paper. Emails and documents for proofing purposes can be printed using your printer’s 2-sided paper option and this will reduce your paper use in half.
3. Recycle the shreds
Instead of tossing your bag of shredded paper in the dumpster, why not recycle it? It’s already bagged for you and all you have to do is place it in a designated recycle bin. It doesn’t get much easier than that to save trees.
4. Use notepads made from recycled paper
Notepads are generally used for taking notes. Next time you shop for office supplies, check out the recycled notepads. You may notice they are not the bright white you’re probably used to, but does it really matter? After all, you are just taking notes.
5. Implement a Paper Policy
Designate a scrap paper drawer in the printer for employees to use when printing the not-so-important documents. Ask members of your accounting department to sign up for online bill pay to reduce the amount of checks you cut manually. Make changes in the employee break area by using recycled paper towels and reusable dishes. Place recycle bins around the office to encourage and remind staff to recycle paper, plastic, glass, and card-boards.