Simple Tips on Reducing & Recycling


  1. Use electronic mail to send memos, or route memos to staff members rather than making a paper copy for each person.
  2. Use 1/2 or 1/4 sheets of paper for short documents
  3. Avoid using a cover page.
  4. Make double-sided copies.
  5. Instead of throwing out single-sided paper, use the back-side to print out drafts or to take notes.
  6. Save envelopes for internal routing.



  1. Support the collection program for recyclables. This decreases the amount of garbage that has to be picked up by a standard hauler.
  2. Stop junk mail.
  3. 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 lunchbox.



  1. Turn off lights when room is empty 
  2. Turn off your monitor when you are leaving your desk (even for a few minutes) or use the Energy Star feature of your computer 
  3. 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.



  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Take advantage of offers by grocery stores that provide a cash credit for reusing their grocery bags.
  4. 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.
  5. Save and reuse gift boxes, ribbons, tissue paper and larger pieces of wrapping paper.
  6. Reuse newspaper, polystyrene peanuts and "blister-wrap" to ship your next fragile package. Use brown paper bags to wrap parcels.
  7. Turn used lumber into birdhouses or a compost bin, or use it for firewood if it is unpainted and not pressure-treated.