Don’t hit Print too quickly

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The average American uses more than 700 pounds of paper a year in today’s modern office and at home from the numbers of copies of documents which are made needlessly.  Too often office workers are quick to make printouts of documents, especially each and every time a small change is made, despite the fact that the change may only be a minor one.  Here are a few tips to help you save the amount of paper that you produce on a daily basis in your office or at home.

First, make sure that you have completely checked your document to make sure that you have a true final copy.  Before you print your document out, run it through your spelling checker program to make sure there are no glaring spelling errors that haven’t been caught.  Next, have someone else who hasn’t authored your work check it over to make sure that there are no errors in punctuation or spelling that that the spelling checker didn’t catch.  Although most word processing programs are getting better, it is still possible to have some rather embarrassing errors slip through the cracks (for example, it’s possible to have “form” appear where you meant to write “from” — even though the word is wrong, it will pass through the spelling checking program because technically it is a word that the program recognizes as being spelled correctly).

Only when you are absolutely sure that the document has been properly proofread to insure that the spelling, punctuation and grammar are correct, should you print out a final copy of the document.  If you discover that there is still an error that needs to be corrected, set your printer to print out only the affected page rather than redoing the entire document.  You can find out how to do this by either reading the help files that come with your word processing program or printer.

Another way to save paper is to reuse documents that can stay within your office by turning over old memos or announcements and print on the other side of the paper.  Only send out unused paper to clients that have to receive clean copies either for official or legal purposes.  The same is true for any documents generated on your home printer.

Rather than throw away the paper generated in your office, try to set up bins that the employees or your family can use for recycling purposes.  Use one for the paper that can be used in your printer or copier by printing on the other side of it.  The other paper can be used to send spent paper off to your local recycling center to use in the production of recycled paper products.  In this second bin you can also add any other paper that is suitable for recycling like shredded documents or old or junk mail that would normally end up in the landfill.

Be sure to check with your local municipality’s recycling regulations to see just exactly what kinds of paper are accepted in their recycling programs.  In the event that there are no provisions in place, it might be possible to find a company which can handle the appropriate disposal of recyclable materials. By recycling paper and buying that with recycled content can equal more than 50,000 pounds of solid waste from ending up in landfills and would be like taking 280,000 cars off the road.

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