- Use electronic mail to send memos, or route memos to staff members rather than making
a paper copy for each person.
- Use 1/2 or 1/4 sheets of paper for short documents
- Avoid using a cover page.
- Make double-sided copies.
- Instead of throwing out single-sided paper, use the back-side to print out drafts
or to take notes.
- Save envelopes for internal routing.
REDUCE HAULING COST
- Support the collection program for recyclables. This decreases the amount of garbage
that has to be picked up by a standard hauler.
- Stop junk mail.
- Use a thermos for beverages, reusable containers for snacks, a washable bag or plastic
container for sandwiches and a cloth napkin. Pack it all in a reusable cloth bag or
- Turn off lights when room is empty
- Turn off your monitor when you are leaving your desk (even for a few minutes) or use
the Energy Star feature of your computer
- Turn off your printer when not in use Shut down your computer when you will be away
from your office for an hour or so.
- Reuse paper and plastic bags and twist ties. You might keep a supply of bags or boxes
in your car to reuse on your next shopping trip.
- Bring a string, mesh or canvas bag to the store. If you buy only one or two items
and didn't bring your own bag, carry your purchases without a bag.
- Take advantage of offers by grocery stores that provide a cash credit for reusing
their grocery bags.
- Reuse scrap paper. Staple together sheets of scrap paper to make note pads and shopping
lists. Use both sides of a piece of paper before recycling it.
- Save and reuse gift boxes, ribbons, tissue paper and larger pieces of wrapping paper.
- Reuse newspaper, polystyrene peanuts and "blister-wrap" to ship your next fragile
package. Use brown paper bags to wrap parcels.
- Turn used lumber into birdhouses or a compost bin, or use it for firewood if it is
unpainted and not pressure-treated.