In my job, I deal with paper and commercial printing quite a bit and am always sure to ask clients if they want to print on recycled paper and/or include the “Recycle” reminder logo on printed pieces. Employers we work with who have sustainability initiatives as part of their corporate citizenship find it fits in with their core values to emphasize recycling on printed pieces.

It used to be that recycled paper was expensive compared to non-recycled, and the quality was questionable. Today, there is very little difference in the cost or quality between recycled and non-recycled paper and in some cases, recycled paper can be higher quality! In fact, most paper contains some recycled content even if it is not specified. But, why all the fuss about recycling paper in the first place?

Something I read recently in an industry journal, Rethinking Recycling, noted keeping paper out of landfills reduces the amount of methane gas released from decomposition. With methane being 25 times worse than carbon dioxide in terms of its contributing to global warming, keeping paper out of landfills makes a difference: every ton of paper recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, and reduces methane gas emissions. Keeping paper out of the trash and into the recycling stream makes sense on so many levels. 

Do you do anything special to remind employees to reduce, reuse, recycle?

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