Colleges generate copious amounts of paper in the form of memos, handouts, course packets, office and school paper, and more. Paper choices and distribution, copy machines, printers, and other technology that uses paper resources are all factors in paper generation on campus. Campus printing departments are a key area where use of environmentally friendly products and practices can make a huge impact in waste reduction, recycling, and sustainability.
Forming alliances within the Campus Printing Department is critical in closing the loop within a campus recycling effort. After all, college recycling programs collect more paper than any other item. By purchasing recycled content paper, the campus is supporting the demand for collected recycled materials, a vital piece in ensuring the long-term viability of a college recycling effort.
Here are some ideas to reduce campus impact through printing practices:
There are many other opportunities for reduction of both toxic chemical use and waste generation within printing departments. Image processing, plate processing, cleaning, and use of fountain solutions can be very toxic processes. The good news is that there is an increasing amount of non-toxic alternatives and new systems on the market to help alleviate environmental impacts through environmentally preferable purchasing.
Build alliances with campus Printing Departments as they are the foot in the door on waste prevention, recycling, environmentally friendly purchasing, toxic materials reduction, and campus sustainability.
Sample Recycled Paper Policy
It is the policy of the University of to purchase and use recycled paper products in its operations in accordance with Executive Order No. , dated . This policy requires the purchase and use of paper products made from recycled materials when such products are of a quality to satisfy applicable specifications, are available in the desired preferential rules of the State of
Any University of request for bids or quotes for purchase of paper products, including authorized printing from outside vendors, shall include a solicitation of bids or quotes for recycled paper and papers that have not been bleached with chlorine or other hazardous materials. No specification shall require the use of paper products made exclusively from virgin materials, nor specifically exclude the use of recycled paper or tree-free products, as provided in State statutes.
University Printing Services shall have the authority to specify the minimum recycled content standard in bid solicitations to accomplish the purpose of this policy. The default for all office equipment that uses paper, such as copiers, printers and fax machines, shall be set to reflect these specifications, and be in compliance with the State of __________ policy guidelines. Every effort will be made to eliminate excessive or unnecessary paper use. Strategies for doing so include, but are not limited to:
In accordance with the guidelines stated above in this policy, the official stationery program as shown in Graphic Style of the University of shall be determined by the Office of University Publications and University Printing Services, with approval by the Environmental Issues Committee. The use of heavily dyed paper or paper which requires special handling for recycling will be subject to additional charges.
Conservatree (Guide to Environmentally Sound Papers)
Gans Ink and Supply Company
Living Tree Paper
Paper Recycling Coalition
Xerox Green World