Many companies are offering you the Paperless Option not only to save paper but to have a smaller pile of incoming mail every day. Your bank statement and many others can be combined into a single e-mail notification or online statement- Going PAPERLESS is going GREEN.
Not only companies can cut down on mail and clutter but you can help save more than many tons of paper per year which is good for them and the environment.
Do you know how many trees are used to make a ton of paper?
A study made based on a mixture of softwoods and hardwoods trees 40 feet tall and 6-8 inches in diameter, it would take a rough average of 24 trees to produce a ton of printing and writing paper.
Here are some numbers and facts regarding quantities of trees used to make paper
A pallet of copier paper (20-lb. sheet weight) contains 40 cartons and weighs 1 ton. Therefore,
10 reams of 100% virgin copier paper use .6 trees
1 tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper or 8,333.3 sheets
1 ream =500 sheets uses 6% of a tree
1 ton of coated, higher-end virgin magazine paper (used for magazines like National Geographic and many others) uses a little more than 15 trees
1 ton of coated, lower-end virgin magazine paper (used for newsmagazines and most catalogs) uses nearly 8 trees
My office uses around 15 boxes each month- each box contain 10 reams-makes your numbers.
I use recycled paper and you can do print and save a lot of paper- When printing MLS listings and other material not needed to be presented to clients do it on recycled paper / paper previously used and printed in one side. Another thing -use recycled paper printed in one side to reprint material not needed to be presented or only needed to be filed in personal files-in home office file.
Some previous drafts of contracts can be printed also in previously printed paper. If is to be faxed, better yet.
E-fax in another convenient way to save paper. Keep files in your outlook with a folder name for each client. Back up your data every week. There is no need to keep a lot of papers or e-mails printed in all your files.
To implement the saving of paper, I do upload my fax-copier and in home printer with previously one side printed paper- even my son knows when to use blank paper and this is a good way to teach them not only to recycle but to save paper too.
I had the idea of implementing this routine in my office - we can save and probably cut down to a 35% of paper used - and we have 35 offices. We have to create and use printer number one with blank paper and printer number two with recycled paper- previously used in one side. Printer number three is color- special presentation projects require a good quality paper- not recycled or PU. Printer number two is to print paperwork needed for personal use-like listings and old material.
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If you are in Miami Dade County, call Solid Waste Management 305-633-3100 to set up an account to have used- printed paper picked up for recycling. They provide with a 96 gallon Blue cart container for a weekly collection. Monthly charges applies as for fuel and service.