Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Slowing Down the Paper Chase

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Slowing Down the Paper Chase

Article excerpt

The typical office disposes of 350 pounds of wastepaper per employee per year, according to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).


Going a little greener could benefit the environment and your business. For instance, an environmentally friendly program can send the message to shareholders and clients that the firm is interested in keeping costs low and being a good corporate citizen. The NRDC suggests implementing a "smart paper" policy to help reduce use, increase recycling, and improve the kind of paper purchased.

Here are some tips that can help you use paper smarter:

* Print less. Don't print e-mails unless absolutely necessary, or print or order more copies of something than you need. You can also set printers and copiers to default to double-sided printing and adjust the house style on word processing programs to use a slightly smaller font and set margins to maximize print area.

* Recycle more. Distribute recycling bins to every workstation and make sure the cleaning crew knows what to do with them. Post signs in centralized locations to encourage reuse and recycling and to clarify what can and cannot be recycled.

* Reuse. Save and collect 8.5-by-11-inch paper that's been printed on one side, restack it neatly, designate a paper drawer on each printer (or as many printers as practical) for this paper, and use it to print drafts. …

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