Although most people are used to recycling, reduction is a highly effective tool in making this program work!
Reducing the use of material not only decreases the amount of re-usable material that goes to landfill, but it lowers budget expenditures since purchases are not made as frequently.
So, how do we reduce? Here's some techniques:
- Make two-sided photocopies rather than single-sided, when feasible.
- Use the back side of waste paper for scratch paper.
- Use wall bulletin boards, computer bulletin boards, or route memos instead of duplicating copies for everyone.
- Promote the use of ceramic mugs instead of disposable cups. Use silverware instead of its plastic counterpart and re-usable (glass, heavy plastic, etc.) plates and bowls instead of disposable ones.
- Remove your name from mailings that you do not need or want.
- Remember that, a pen or pencil correction on a memo will save having to re-print or re-copy.
- Use a large bottled water dispenser instead of many small bottles where possible.
- Reduce the amount of printers and/or copiers in your area were practicable.
- Don't print things that are not needed. For example, although graphics increase the "eye appeal" of flyers and brochures, it uses ink where it's not necessary. Not adding these items to publications reduces ink use.
- Use paper clips instead of staples, scratch paper clipped on instead of post-it notes, and replace the front of "filled up" intercampus envelopes with a blank sheet so they may continue to be used.
- Use your electronic calendar to note upcoming events instead of printing the flyers or brochures. This saves paper and is more efficient than having to check a bulletin board!
- Proofread documents on the screen before printing.