Paper & Printing

We assess offices on their sustainable paper and printing practices, such as making a scratch paper bin available to the whole office, selecting the toner saving setting as the default printing setting on all computers, putting all printers/copiers/fax machines on energy saving mode, and centralizing printing. If your office needs more help on understanding sustainable methods of printing and recycling paper, please look at the valuable resources below. 

Remanufactured Ink Cartridges

The US Department of Energy has found that remanufactured ink cartridges are a superior choice, environmentally and economically, as they make use of reused and recycled ink cartridges. Click the link above to find out more about remanufactured ink.

Ink Cartridge and Toner Disposal

UCSC guide to disposing of Inkjet, Laserjet, and Toner cartridge disposal on campus. Also contains links to Santa Cruz City and County disposal guidelines. 

Separating Mixed Paper from White Paper

Separating white paper is much more efficient and cost-effective than just recycling mixed-paper. The United States EPA has created guidelines for different academias at the link above. Check it out!

Double-Sided Printing

Cut paper usage by half by printing double-sided. Here are simple instructions on how. 

Post-Consumer Waste Paper (PCW) 

Learn more about the advantages and reasons to purchase post-consumer waste paper. A good example of this type of 100% post consumer recycled paper from a local supplier is:
Palace Art & Office Supply, 100% Recycled Copy Paper, 92 Brightness, 20lb, 8-1/2 x 11, White, 5000 Shts/Ctn
CruzBuy: Item Number - UNV20100 


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